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Extensive documentation on the linux onedrive connector capabilities can be found at - the information provided below is a very brief introduction for getting started.  At the time of writing this document, HPC staff had only completed very limited testing of the Linux interface to OneDrive.  The onedrive command can also be used to connect to SharePoint libraries (untested).

A command line based interface to OneDrive has been installed on HPC cluster servers.  There is some configuration required before you start using the command(s) provided.

  1. Create a "onedrive" directory somewhere within your scratch space directory.

    mkdir -p -m 700 /scratch/jc012345/onedrive
  2. Modify your environment by loading the onedrive module. 

    module load onedrive
  3. Authenticate with OneDrive:

    1. Issue the command 

    2. You should get a response something like: 

      [jc012345@ln01 ~]$ onedrive 
      Authorize this app visiting:
      Enter the response uri: 
    3. Copy and paste the URL into a browser (on your desktop/laptop computer) and hit the Enter or Return key to load content.  You will then need to authenticate to OneDrive - for most JCU staff/students SSO (single sign on) should take care of it for you.  Once authentication has been successful, a blank page should be returned (may change in future).  You need to copy the URI/URL that was returned (where you pasted the URL earlier) and paste the contents as a response to the Enter the response uri: prompt.  You should receive a message that indicates successful authentication.
  4. Now it's time to configure your use of onedrive on HPC.  The following is very similar to a configuration that has been tested by HPC staff for use of OneDrive as an archive for files on HPC.

    mkdir -p ~/.config/onedrive
    cat <<EOF >~/.config/onedrive/config
    sync_dir = "/scratch/jc012345/onedrive"
    skip_file = "~*|.~*|*.tmp"
    skip_dotfiles = "true"
    skip_symlinks = "true"
    upload_only = "true"
    no_remote_delete = "true"
    remove_source_files = "false"
  5.  To confirm your configuration (may be larger than the contents of your configuration file), execute 

    onedrive --display-config
  6. You are now ready to upload files to or download files from OneDrive, remembering that HPC storage is for research files only - all other files should be moved to another location (removed from HPC).  For uploading files to OneDrive, copy/move files to the "sync_dir" you configured - e.g., to move all *.dat files in your current working directory, use  mv *.dat /scratch/jc012345/onedrive.
  7. Two aliases have been created for upload/download convenience.  To upload files from your "sync_dir", simply use the command: 

  8.  The progress of uploads will show up on your terminal.  The command should tell you whether transfers were successful or unsuccessful.  When finished, you may choose to verify success accessing your OneDrive storage from your desktop/laptop computer.

Downloading from OneDrive

At this stage, it looks like download capabilities are tied to a full sync.  Please be aware that files you have uploaded to OneDrive from another personal/work computing device may not be permitted on  HPC.  If a file isn't directly related to your research activities, it must not be placed on HPC infrastructure.  The most likely command you will use is:

onedrive --synchronize --download-only

Access to Teams/Sharepoint Libraries

The linux onedrive client installed on HPC systems is capable of working with Teams/Sharepoint libraries.  This feature should only be used if the Team you are connecting to is housing research data only.  Such synchronization should only be synced to group shares (not home directories) on HPC.  You can list drive IDs of a sharepoint library using:

onedrive --get-O365-drive-id '<insert team/library name here>'

HPC filesystems

The future architecture of the JCU HPC cluster is under review.  Technology solutions (including HPC) staff are investigation options for a future HPC cluster where >=95% of storage is likely to be scratch space, with routine deletion of old files.  The no_remote_delete = "true" configuration entry will be essential if this future state becomes reality.

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