Using Block Storage with Nextcloud: Can't move data directory

Posted October 24, 2020 1.4k views
Block StorageUbuntu 20.04

Hi DO community,

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how to move the data folder for a snap Nextcloud I installed on a Droplet. I have 150GB of Block Storage that I want to use for the data folder. The little guideline I made and the steps I took:

mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sda
mkdir -p /mnt/nextclouddata
mount -o discard,defaults /dev/sda /mnt/nextcloud
sudo snap connect nextcloud:removable-media
nano /var/snap/nextcloud/current/nextcloud/config/config.php
sudo snap stop nextcloud
sudo mv /var/snap/nextcloud/common/nextcloud/data /mnt/nextcloud_data
sudo snap start nextcloud

In config, I setup data directory as /mnt/nextcloud_data …and now I get:

Your data directory is invalid
Ensure there is a file called “.ocdata” in the root of the data directory

Any ideas on what went wrong?

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Hello, @xr1s

You can probably refer to this article from Next Cloud’s forum:

I will recommend you to first manually create the .ocdata file and try again before removing the users and re-create them from scratch.

In order to create the file, you can simply use touch :

  • touch .ocdata