This is a fresh install of Dropbox on a 12.04 server running on a 32bit system. It does not seem to fail the installation, but when I try to run it, I am told it can't find the file.

Following the instructions on the Dropbox site, I get the following message:

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd: 10: exec: ~/.dropbox-dist/dropbox: not found

Has anyone had this problem and know a work around? Running 12.04 server

  • Why didn't you install it from the software center? Jun 30, 2012 at 2:07
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    Running 12.04 server, must have got cut in the edit.
    – Kevin
    Jun 30, 2012 at 2:14
  • @Kevin, nope, you haven't mentioned "server" on the question body, nonetheless, it is clear by the tag being used ;)
    – Zuul
    Jun 30, 2012 at 2:19
  • Are you using mhddfs ?
    – Zuul
    Jun 30, 2012 at 2:20
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    Please add your solution as an answer and accept it, to help clean up the site a bit. Thanks! :)
    – SirCharlo
    Jul 12, 2012 at 16:41

3 Answers 3


Are you sure you installed the right dropbox architecture binary?


try use this /home/user/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd start

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    Please be more elaborate in your answer and explain why you think this solves the issue in the question.
    – LiveWireBT
    Nov 4, 2013 at 10:16
  • I eventually got it to work after trying a few more times. It might have been the wrong architecture.
    – Kevin
    Nov 6, 2013 at 3:29

I was able to run dropbox using /usr/bin/dropbox I installed the application while logged in as root. Probably this is the reason ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd and /home/{user}/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd were not working.

  • Please restructure your answer. Dec 27, 2016 at 6:50

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