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I'm currently running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit and wanted to change my Dropbox indicator-applet icon to make it look more uniform with the other icons. I found this suggestion of a PPA and package to try and followed these instructions: How can I change Dropbox's indicator applet icon?

This worked fine, however, after deciding that I didn't like those icons I uninstalled them via a sudo apt-get autoremove monochrome-icons-extra then did a ppa-purge on that PPA. I then stopped and started Dropbox and at that point was missing an icon all together. I can click in the empty space where the Dropbox icon should be and get the drop-down menu, so I know Dropbox is running. I also confirmed this buy running dropbox status and it returned idle. I tried rebooting but that didn't make a difference, the icon still wont show up.

Next I tried reinstalling Dropbox via sudo apt-get --reinstall install nautilus-dropbox, that had no effect. I then tried to completely remove everything and reinstall. To accomplish this I did the following:

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove nautilus-dropbox
rm ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist ~/.dropbox-dist-new
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox*

I then went to dropbox.com and downloaded the latest .deb and installed it that way and the icon was still missing, ARGH!

Through a little research, I discovered that the PPA installed the icons to to /usr/share/icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.svg and that's how it changed the icons. The images aren't there any more (having uninstalled the PPA), but when I checked on my laptop where Dropbox is working fine, there aren't any other icons in that location, either.

What is going on and how do I fix this?

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Going by the info found in this dropbox update and the subsequent OMG! Ubuntu! article regarding that update, it would seem the files you need are (should be) in

/usr/share/icons/hicolor/22x22/status/

Also be sure that your per-user setting doesn't ruin things. Check (I think it should be that one anyway) :

~/.icons/hicolor/22x22/status/

Note:

  • I don't have dropbox installed or anything, so this is mostly assumptions combined.
  • Depending on your theme, I guess it is possible that the values from hicolor get overwritten.
  • That update link at the beginning also contains a tar that holds the icons incase you need them.
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  • I was finally able to get my icon showing by putting the icons in ~/.icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.png. Thanks for the help.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 28 '11 at 16:10
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From what I can gather the icons are in /usr/share/icons/[theme]/[resolution]/apps/dropbox.png.

You can confirm that you have them in that location by running find /usr/share/icons/ -name 'dropbox.png'.

If they are missing on your machine and present on your laptop, then you can just copy them over and that could just fix it.

* update *
The status icons are in /usr/share/icons/[theme]/status/[resolution]/

The names of the default status icons are

  1. dropboxstatus-busy.png
  2. dropboxstatus-blank.png
  3. dropboxstatus-busy2.png
  4. dropboxstatus-logo.png
  5. dropboxstatus-idle.png
  6. dropboxstatus-x.png

I hope that helps you narrow down the search.

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  • This is the application icon, not the indicator-applet icons that show when dropbox is syncing/idle/etc. This icon is present and I still don't have an an indicator-applet icon.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 27 '11 at 22:47
  • I was finally able to get my icon showing by putting the icons in ~/.icons/ubuntu-mono-dark/status/22/dropboxstatus-*.png. Thanks for the help.
    – PHLAK
    Jan 28 '11 at 16:12
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i used the dbus-launch method to get the dropbox icon back (see here: Dropbox icon in tray is missing) . However i appended --exit-with-session to the dbus-launch command. This way i achieved that the dropbox icon is still visible after logount and login. Without that option i got it only when i completely rebooted the system. Here is the complete command: dbus-launch --exit-with-session dropbox start -i

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