I'm using 12.04 with Xfce on a Chromebook using crouton. The package downloads and says it needs to install proprietary software. It seems to finish and then just does nothing. It also does nothing when I try and run Dropbox again. I have just successfully installed on another machine (14.04, Xfce, non-Chromebook) where after installation it shows a GUI window asking me to log-in, which is what I'd expect.

Also if I try running ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd a process is started and the terminal remains blank (no errors).

I've also tried a number of workaround methods from similar posts, including downloading from the repo rather than the Dropbox site.


I solved this following the steps here

Use apt-get if you can:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

If not, this is a work in progress to help compile dropbox by source. Note the missing packages may differ for your distribution. This is for the default XFCE.

sudo apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev python-gtk2 python-docutils

Download the source and follow instructions at https://www.dropbox.com/install2

./configure; make
sudo make install
./dropbox start -i
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