I am having the exact same issue as in this question but none of the answers worked for me.

For instance, trying this answer I get this error:

a@b:~$ cd /usr/bin
a@b:/usr/bin$ sudo cp dropbox dropbox1
[sudo] password for a: 
cp: cannot stat `dropbox': No such file or directory

Is there a way to fix this?

Reinstalling and selecting "Start Dropbox on System Startup" worked as in darent's answer.


Just open the gnome-session-properties utility running in a terminal:


And add an entry, simply called dropbox with the command to start it. These are my settings:

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  • Thanks, but I already tried this, it was one of the answers, askubuntu.com/a/315040/209300. It does not work. – Zeynel Oct 29 '13 at 23:23
  • Then your problem is not starting dropbox... the problem is dropbox is not properly installed. I would download it again from the website and install it from scratch. – animaletdesequia Oct 29 '13 at 23:26
  • what is the best way to uninstall it? – Zeynel Oct 29 '13 at 23:38
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    Just go here: dropbox.com/install2 download your version (32 or 64 bit) and when it's downloaded double click in the arxive with deb name. The ubuntu software center will do the rest – animaletdesequia Oct 29 '13 at 23:40

Install Dropbox as follows :

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Then while installing, Check on adding the panel Icon.

Right click on the panal Icon and select Preferences. Check on startup option.

Or with the present dropbox;

Open the application Startup Applications

Click on Add button.

Then in the Name field, Type Dropbox

In the Command field type dropbox start -i

In Comment field type whatever you want. Doesn't matter if it is empty.

Then click on Add and close application

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