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After booting up, a popup screen tells me Dropbox did not install correctly, but it is lurking somewhere. To install properly I first have to delete the incorrect install. How can I do that?

I'm using the latest version of Ubuntu.

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Try this command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --purge nautilus-dropbox
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This is from Dropbox help page:

sudo apt-get remove dropbox; rm -rvf ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist
rm -rv ~/Dropbox
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Package 'dropbox' is not installed, so not removed – endolith May 1 '14 at 23:01

It works like this:

  1. sudo dpkg --configure -a
  2. Press Ctrl+C to before the download of Dropbox tries to do anything.
  3. Remove dropbox with sudo apt-get purge nautilus-dropbox
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why would this work better than just running sudo apt-get purge nautilus-dropbox? – Alvar Sep 7 '14 at 16:28
because once the package is broken you can not use apt/dpkg for nothing other than fixing the package... in my case it still throw sudo apt-get remove --purge nautilus-dropbox – Nasz Njoka Sr. Mar 29 at 10:19

You can remove a package through apt-get:

sudo apt-get remove dropbox
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I had the same error, because my internet fails

I did this:

sudo rm -r /var/cache/apt/archives/lock

sudo rm -r /var/lib/dpkg/lock

Those were directories that were causing troubles

Then i just remove it:

sudo apt-get remove nautilus-dropbox

Pd.- After that I tried to install it again and it works perfectly

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based on this link you can follow this steps:

dropbox stop dropbox status # Should report "not running"

rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist
rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox
rm -rf ~/.dropbox*
sudo apt-get remove nautilus-dropbox
sudo apt-get remove dropbox
rm /etc/apt/source.d/dropbox

and if you want to delete the file that were synced, you can run this command:

rm -rv ~/Dropbox
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