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For some reason installing Dropbox via software center does not work.

I get a message that sends me to Dropbox website where I follow the instructions. But at the end it says it says:

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

I am not able to do this. Running the command ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd fails for me.

Running Ubuntu on Windows 7 Home Edition.

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Running on Windows 7 means VM, wubi??? –  wojox Apr 27 '12 at 14:51
    
May be before trying any of solutions you should try to rm ~/.dropbox*. check the right name with nautilus, I don't remember exactly and on windows machine. –  Anton May 3 '12 at 5:35
    
What error message do you get when you try to run ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd? You should edit your question to tell us this, and also to tell us what you mean by "Runnung Ubuntu on Windows..." Do you have a Wubi system (where you installed Ubuntu while running Windows, then rebooted to get into Ubuntu)? Are you using a virtual machine? –  Eliah Kagan Jun 23 '12 at 7:19

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Very simple on Ubuntu 13.04, 13.10 and 14.04 (last one checked by Craig McQueen, thanks :-))

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

If the graphical wizard does not download dropbox, you can perform it within a terminal:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure nautilus-dropbox

You may need to stop nautilus or to check whether it is currently running:

pgrep nautilus     # check if it is running (no output = no running)
pkill nautilus     # stop it nicely 
pkill -9 nautilus  # kill it brutally (to avoid when possible)

reference: How To Install Dropbox In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail by Richard W.

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...and 14.04 too it seems. –  Craig McQueen May 7 at 6:41
    
Didn't work for me. I get the following error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: nautilus-dropbox : Depends: dropbox but it is not going to be installed E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages. –  Seanny123 Oct 14 at 1:12
    
Hi @Seanny123. Do you use Ubuntu 14.10 ? I can check that tonight... –  olibre Oct 14 at 9:26
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14.04. Ended up installing via the command line, which seemed to work fine, so don't worry about checking it. I think I just had a weird setup. –  Seanny123 Oct 14 at 16:56

As said previously by Ashu, you can install Dropbox on Ubuntu with the Dropbox daemon.

I wrote an article to do so: http://nicolas.landier.org/2013/03/09/dropbox-install-on-headless-debian-server/

It was written for Debian but work just as fine with Ubuntu.

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I went to https://www.dropbox.com/install/ and downloaded the .deb file. There are three steps to follow:

Install Dropbox via command line (Terminal)

The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install, run the following command in your Linux terminal.

32-bit:

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -

64-bit:

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

It worked for me in 12.04 and 12.10.

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This doesn't work on 12.10 (quantal) because dropbox hasn't put a quantal package in its repository. You can see that by manually looking at the repo (http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/) and see that quantal isn't there.

I solved this by using precise in my source file instead of quantal. Technically, I'm using a version of dropbox that's not meant for my system, but I'm assuming the differences are small (it's only 6 months). So far, no problems on two different machines. YMMV.

Note: this is valid as of the time I'm typing this. They may add quantal support in the future.

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Seems like they have now added proper support of Ubuntu 12.10 -- there is now a quantal folder there: linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/quantal –  Hugo Heden Mar 10 '13 at 11:23
  • Add Dropbox’s repository key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E

  • Add Dropbox’s repository

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main"

  • update and install Dropbox

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Follow the steps When dropbox prompted with the screen

For Ubuntu 12.10

Add repository key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E

Add repository

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu precise main"

Update your system and install Dropbox

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
  • When prompted with the screen, click Next

  • Then click Start Dropbox to continue.

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For 12.04 32bit, this added a duplicate entry for dropbox to software sources. –  david6 Jun 23 '12 at 5:45
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@HDave Updated ;) try the new one. –  Achu Oct 31 '12 at 18:58
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One additional note. When I followed these instructions and then when I start dropbox it says "Dropbox is running from an unsupported location" then it asks me to go to their install page. I hit cancel on that page and then it proceeded to set things up correctly. it did make me a little nervous but it seems to be working. –  snowguy Jan 20 '13 at 17:12
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Seems like proper support for Ubuntu 12.10 has now been added (8th of march 2013?) judging by the existence of this folder: linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/dists/quantal -- so Achu, you may want to update your answer again. –  Hugo Heden Mar 10 '13 at 11:20
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In case you are using Lubuntu 13.10, it works the same way except that in the last step you run: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install dropbox –  pablofiumara Mar 31 at 1:04

Install Dropbox via command line

The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install, run the following command in your Linux terminal.

32-bit:
$ cd ~ && wget -O - "http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -

64-bit:
$ cd ~ && wget -O - "http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.
$ ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

Direct links

For 64 bit : Download Here

For 32 bit : Download Here

Add the official PPA

So that you get regular updates

Add Dropbox’s repository key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E

Add Dropbox’s repository

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main"

update and install Dropbox

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Follow the instructions on the screen.
Install by any method You find easy(i prefer the ppa though).Hope it helps

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Is nautilus-dropbox should be running in Graphical-mode only? Or for headless servers it will work as well? –  BBK Sep 4 '12 at 18:34
    
If I install if from the command-line, will it be automatically tracked and updated by apt? –  Seanny123 Oct 14 at 1:19

Download the latest dropbox .deb file from the official site : https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx and run it. When it show the welcome screen, follow it carefully. Just now I installed it on my machine without any issues.

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Don't want to seem ungrateful... After re-installing WUBI, i tried again and it worked! It said that Nautilus had to be restarted but nothing ever happened. Clicked next and then it went fine. –  danielson May 1 '12 at 2:36
    
Did try all your suggestions but none worked. –  danielson May 1 '12 at 2:36
    
@danielson Whats the error you get? –  EApubs May 6 '12 at 15:47

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