Is there a streamlined way to install the Nylas N1 sync-engine mail server on a Pi, such as the Pi 3? I found some Debian installer but they appear to require a virtual machine and I don't know whether the Pi can handle it.

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I found this tutorial for those running Ubuntu derivatives:

  1. sudo apt-get update
  2. sudo apt-get upgrade
  3. sudo apt-get install libssl-dev (should install with install script, but right now is bugged)
  4. git clone https://github.com/nylas/sync-engine.git
  5. cd sync-engine
  6. sudo -H ./setup.sh (If you get a warning about upgrading to pip version 8.12 from a previous version, run sudo -H pip install —upgrade pip and then run the setup script again. The -H option is used to avoid pip from complaining that the user root is not the owner of the current cache directory in use.)
  7. Launch the API service: bin/inbox-api
  8. Launch the sync service: bin/inbox-start
  9. Add your first email account: bin/inbox-auth [email protected]
  10. Connect from client by choosing “Hosting your own sync engine?” option on the N1 welcome screen. Enter your Sync Engine IP and use port 5555.
  • But it fails due to dependency issues when trying to install on ARM devices. github.com/nylas/sync-engine/issues/414
    – joaofl
    Jan 10, 2017 at 17:44
  • Yep—I actually filed that bug report. Hoping the dependency will be resolved soon
    – Wolf
    Jan 11, 2017 at 4:11

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