Does anyone know what this is? It started to show up after I installed Dropbox I think, and nothing is showing up when I tried to click it. It doesn't change the behavior of my desktop though and the Dropbox folder works fine too. I just want to know what this weird icon is. Thank you!

The leftmost icon has a 'cancel' display


That is dropbox doing it's recent failing thing. Run this:

dropbox stop && dbus-launch dropbox start

I had the same problem. It's more of a workaround, but it works. It helps to create a custom command to just run that real quick. Create an alias in /home/<user>/.bashrc:

alias db='dropbox stop && dbus dropbox-start`

Or, I wrote a script with that in it, then did

sudo install db.sh /path/to/db.sh/commandname

where commandname runs db.sh from the terminal.

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  • Thank you! That was driving me crazy as mine was doing that too! =) – Terrance Jul 5 '16 at 1:00
  • Sure thing. Yeah, I don't know what exactly is going on with it yet, but there are no options shown on right click, right? Just a blank menu... but this works for now, for me, and good, for you too! Cheers! – P Smith Jul 5 '16 at 1:02
  • That is exactly what mine was doing too. No options when right clicking at all. But I needed my dropbox for my Plex Media Server database backup I run, and it wasn't backing up with it failing. So, this works. =) – Terrance Jul 5 '16 at 1:04
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    Hey this was on another question, looks like a permanent workaround to hide this behavior: The command line command works great but only works for that session. To make the fix permanent, one should, after running this command, go to the Dropbox indicator > Preferences... > uncheck Start Dropbox on system startup. Then add dbus-launch dropbox start to Session and Startup > Application Autostart. This works perfectly for me on Xubuntu 16.04 LTS. – Ads20000 – P Smith Jul 5 '16 at 1:08
  • I guess that makes this question a duplicate sort of, but here's that thread: askubuntu.com/questions/732967/… – P Smith Jul 5 '16 at 1:09

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