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?


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Command-line option might also work:

$ dropbox autostart n


$ man dropbox
  • It fix the problem but if I start dropbox manually then it activate start on next reboot
    – deFreitas
    Mar 14, 2018 at 4:06

Click on the icon, preferences, then uncheck the box "Start Dropbox on system startup".

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    Oh my goodness, I totally overlooked this, after doing a fresh installation of Precise. Haha, thanks.
    – joschi
    May 30, 2012 at 14:37
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    This doesn't work with 17.10 and maybe even other recent versions.
    – aalaap
    Feb 28, 2018 at 11:08
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    That doesn't work because some very evil and/or stupid people work at Dropbox. The checkbox is ignored; you have to use dropbox autostart [ny]
    – Jim Balter
    Apr 18, 2018 at 8:40
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    Tried everything, even dropbox autostart n not helped.. It's really ugly from Dropbox to make such mess :( only sudo apt remove dropboxfinally helped.. :/
    – Jurosh
    May 11, 2018 at 22:39

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 /usr/bin/dropbox

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:

  1. 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 -

  2. Use the official python scrypt to manage Dropbox.

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