When trying to install dropbox from terminal (using How to install Dropbox? guide),

and trying to install the repository key I get the following:

~$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E
Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --secret-keyring /tmp/tmp.0A2B16zRzS --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E
gpg: requesting key 5044912E from hkp server pgp.mit.edu
gpgkeys: key 5044912E not found on keyserver
gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.
gpg: Total number processed: 0

Even when I try to just install dropbox itself:

$ cd ~ && wget -O - "http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -
--2014-01-28 14:12:27--  http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64
Resolving <proxy> (<proxy>)... xxx.xxx.xxx
Connecting to <proxy> (<proxy>)|xxx.xxx.xxx|:8080... connected.
Proxy request sent, awaiting response... 407 Proxy Authentication Required
2014-01-28 14:12:27 ERROR 407: Proxy Authentication Required.

gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

however, this should not be a proxy problem as other machines seem to be able to overcome the proxy problem and the Software Center can install it (but then I cannot get the key).

Any suggestions?



The issue seemed to be the lack of an SSL connection to retrieve the nautilus-dropbox directly from Dropbox.

I downloaded it from a Ubuntu/Linux server and now seems to work well. Once installed, had to add the proxies directly to Dropbox (does not seem to automatically pick up Ubuntu's network proxies).

  • You can set this as solution, in order to mark the question as solved. – davidbaumann Dec 7 '15 at 18:21

Just download following file with your browser: Dropbox
Then continue with the installation.

  • If I do that, then I need the proprietary daemon, which I think sends me back to the problem above. – Loligo Jan 28 '14 at 5:10
  • I guess trying will not take very long... – davidbaumann Jan 28 '14 at 11:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.