Sunday, April 13, 2014

Nautilus Dropbox Bug

If you are a linux user and use dropbox to sync your data to the cloud, the latest linux versions some times result in this bug giving errors with dropbox. After the update (or some times just after some changes made by the system in the background), dropbox stops loading and asks to reinstall the propitiatory daemon again (and doing that still doesn't make the application work). This has been covered else where on the internet as "nautilus-dropbox" bug even being an advanced linux user, I didn't find those TL;DR and complicated fixes very friendly and certainly wouldn't recommend to new linux users as it would drive them away - Ubuntu is supposed to be user friendly and most other linux distributions aim for the same. This is one example where jargon and a lot of text on fixing it is present.

You can find some more if you use the search query: "dropbox stopped working on linux needs proprietary daemon".

If you want to fix it after just reading small paragraph of text with 2-3 command lines that you need to enter this is the right place for you. The solution is to simple delete the dropbox binaries and reinstall them (without removing your dropbox settings and index files). This does the trick according to the given link:

sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox/.dropbox-dist
dropbox start -i

For me it didn't work, so I removed the binaries from my home folder and that fixed my application:

sudo rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist
dropbox start -i

Drop me a comment if it didn't work for you.

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