Everytime I start Dropbox (in Precise) it gets added to the autostart list even if I deleted the entry before. I don't want Dropbox to be started when I log in only when I want it to. How to prevent Dropbox to be automatically added to the autostart list?
By default, dropbox will start automatically at login. The update-rc.d command is not concerned here. (/etc/rc*.d/directories don't contain dropbox). There is no service "dropbox" (/etc/init.d don't contain dropbox)
If you have installed dropbox with ".deb" package (sudo dpkg -i dropbox.deb), then you may have the executable
To disable the dropbox auto-start :
/usr/bin/dropbox autostart n
To enable the dropbox auto-start :
/usr/bin/dropbox autostart y
None of the above worked for me at Lubuntu 18.04, i3wm session. What I have done to fix that was:
Install Dropbox manually from the site www.dropbox.com/install
cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86" | tar xzf -
cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -
Use the official python scrypt to manage Dropbox.