I am running UNR (but using the regular gnome launcher) and have DropBox installed. Since I use my laptop on the train, there is no network connectivity. However once I reconnect to a network, dropbox seems to be completely unresponsive to the fact that there is a network connection and has to be restarted (which means lots of hard drive scanning, battery usage, slowdowns, etc). Is there a way to get dropbox to reconnect automatically, or gota wait for a patch?


Nothing special about my network configuration, pretty much out-of-the-box. Note that most of the time I connect to wifi not cable. But the problem does not change in either case.

And I forgot to mention, I usually put my computer to sleep/hibernate in between leaving home and using it on the train so it "loses" or "gains" connection on waking up.

More Edit:

I just had the problem happening again. Basically it has a network cable plugged in. Goes to sleep. On wakeup (cable still plugged in) dropbox is stuck at "connecting".

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    I run Dropbox on my Ubuntu/Gnome Desktop (10.04), and I've had quite a few local LAN outages lately. Dropbox has recovered on it's own every time. Perhaps this isn't a dropbox-specific problem? Aug 12, 2010 at 18:56
  • Hm, I never seemed to have a problem with that. For me, Dropbox always recognizes when the connection goes up and syncs automatically. Of course, I've been working on Gentoo, I don't know if that makes the difference somehow...
    – David Z
    Aug 12, 2010 at 18:56
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    It could be something with your Network Manager configuration - are you using a not standard network "adapter" name (other than eth0)? Aug 12, 2010 at 19:06
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    I've had to restart it every time.
    – Erigami
    Aug 12, 2010 at 20:03

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Does it still happen if you just disconnect your network cable then reconnect without suspending? If not, you may have a timing problem like the dropbox process already being suspended when the network goes down. You could try putting a script into /etc/pm/sleep.d that explicitly takes down the network interface before suspending, maybe with a short sleep to give dropbox time to process the event.

If worse comes to worst you could always put a script in there to restart dropbox. At least then you wouldn't have to do it manually every time.

  • I can't just restart dropbox. It starts indexing files and thus eats up the little performance the laptop has. However, unplugging and re-plugging the network cable works, I wait for dropbox to lose connection and then re-plug. As a side note, Skype seems to have no problem reconnecting in all cases. What would you recommend for sleep.d? Aug 24, 2010 at 17:56

Due to lack of response I am going to assume that this is a problem with Dropbox itself and not Ubuntu.


Ubuntu One, for the record, does not suffer from this issue and disconnects/reconnects depending on the network status autimatically.

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