I have three Dropbox instances set up to run simultaneously on my Ubuntu 12.04 system. The two additional instances are called by a shell script with the following code (as showed on numerous blogs):
#!/bin/bash HOME=$HOME/.alt-dropbox /home/me/.dropbox-dist/dropbox start -i
I then set these scripts as start-up applications. This works fine 90% of the times (with three little boxes in my meny bar and everything). But every once in a while, when I re-boot my machine, one of the Dropbox instances is missing. When I type
ps -e | grep 'dropbox' only two instances are there (plus the script corresponding to the one additional instance that is running).
When I try to start to start the missing script mannually, I get the following error message:
Another instance of dropbox (1234) is running!
My question is:
Why does it work most of the times, but not always? Why is it a problem that another instance is running for the second additional instance, but not for the first one?
This seems to be a Dropbox problem rather than a start-up application problem, since I can't manually start the application.
Has this happened to anyone else?