Any time I add new content to my Google Drive, I typically wait between 30 minutes to an hour before I can actually see that content in an Infuse library. Unfortunately, this time also needs to be a dedicated don’t-watch-anything-during-this-operation process, which is not optimal. I don’t want to have to put that long of a pause on my media experience while I wait for new content to be indexed.
The indexing process is extremely slow. It’s behaving as though it needs to do a deep directory scan to grab any new content. Google Drive has APIs that allow you to list all the changes (https://developers.google.com/drive/v2/reference/changes/list) in a given timeframe, like since the last index in the context of Infuse. I don’t know what the Infuse codebase is doing, but given that Plex and the open-source project, plexdrive (https://github.com/dweidenfeld/plexdrive), can both scan massive drives for new content in less than a minute, I have a hunch that Infuse is not doing that. While integration of Google Drive may have been treated more like an extra bonus than a full-fledged offering, I do think it should be improved and promoted in importance, especially because it can be a direct competitor to Plex Cloud, which performs abysmally in the streaming department.
I may be getting caught up in the current wave of refugees from Plex, and the wave may be more of trickle–only magnified by a few vocal people like myself–but I have a suspicion that many people will come over from Plex’s Cloud offering, which leverages cloud services like Google Drive to build libraries, and they will be disappointed by the performance, as I am. I don’t think it’s made up, though, that there is an exodus brewing, and I want Infuse to monopolize on this, because I’m genuinely fed up with Plex. Call this a heads up, as someone who is active the Plex forums, and has taken a pulse of that community.
I’m still new to the Infuse community, so I don’t know how much of a data hoarding problem you folks have, but I know in the Plex community, I’ve met many people who count their library in the 100s of TBs, so this really would be an essential improvement.
For reference, I just timed how long it took to add seven new items: 50 minutes.