Dropbox on Debian Wheezy

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Dropbox on Debian Wheezy

Postby TheRawski » 2012-10-09 06:10

Installing from the Add/Remove programs results in an error that says to install it their way. So I used their instructions for 64 bit found here:

https://www.dropbox.com/install

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

Unfortunately for me to have dropbox running I have to type that in a terminal and keep it open because obviously closing the terminal closes the program. I would like to be able to run it without a terminal, I was unable to make a launcher using "~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd", I'm still a noob in areas. Please help.
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Re: Dropbox on Debian Wheezy

Postby verahill » 2012-10-10 11:25

If you're using e.g. gnome you can open gnome-session-properties, Add a startup program, and set
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Name: Dropbox
Command: dropbox start -i


and it should hopefully autostart everytime your DE starts. That's the easiest way.

If you want it to start earlier you can otherwise for example create a shell script in /etc/init.d and select it with rcconf-- you can have a look at the format of that type of scripts by looking at existing ones in that folder. Or put a post-up line in your /etc/network/interfaces to run a shell script to launch it once your network is up.

But if you're a desktop user gnome-session-properties is probably the easiest approach.
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Re: Dropbox on Debian Wheezy

Postby cra1g321 » 2012-10-10 14:36

Why didn't you just use the deb package that is on the dropbox website ?

I've used it on Squeeze and Wheezy without any issues.
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