IMO: Seafile Woes

April 25, 2014

Yesterday, I upgraded my Seafile server to version 3.0.0, and it’s been buggy ever since. I can’t for the life of me get the iOS mobile app working with it. Every time I upload a file using the iOS mobile app, it can’t be downloaded again. The server just throws an error saying that it failed to download blocks. It was working fine with server version 2.1, but now it’s a load of shit.

The iOS mobile app has always been crap though, it’s slow and buggy on my iPhone 5s. If I try to upload a file that is even remotely large, it slows my device to a crawl and frequently will just crash out. Then, if it crashes out it seems to screw up the file upload and I have to delete the file using the web interface and actually reinstall the app, or else it will be stuck trying to upload. I then try again to almost always have it fuck up in some way and I have to rinse and repeat. It might if I’m lucky upload the file correctly, but rarely does that happen.

I might have to switch to another cloud storage server application like Pydio if I can’t get this working.

If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please leave a comment below.

I want to make it clear though that I don’t think that Seafile is a terrible product. I actually think it’s a very good product. It has a nice web interface, with a nice stable desktop client. It’s easy to setup, and easy to administrate. As I’ve said above though, it’s iOS mobile app needs to be fixed up. It really could be completely redone in my opinion. It needs to have an option to save encrypted library passwords, it needs multiple bug fixes as you can see from what I’ve wrote above, and I think it needs a UI overhaul. I have not tried the Android app however, so I cannot comment about its functionality.

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