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Old 09-12-2011, 03:36 PM   #1
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Changing the Dropbox folder location


Hey everyone, I'm currently running Xubuntu and recently downloaded the .deb package on the Dropbox website. I installed it and only recently found out that it was somewhat Nautilus specific (I am using Thunar). How am I supposed to change the location of the Dropbox folder location? During the GUI prompt I opted for the default, but now I want to change it.



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Old 09-12-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Hey everyone, I'm currently running Xubuntu and recently downloaded the .deb package on the Dropbox website. I installed it and only recently found out that it was somewhat Nautilus specific (I am using Thunar). How am I supposed to change the location of the Dropbox folder location? During the GUI prompt I opted for the default, but now I want to change it.



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If you have the dropbox icon in your panel, right click on that and choose "Preferences". There should be a few tabs in that window--click on the Advanced tab. Then you should be able to click "Move" and change the location of the folder.

Another alternative is to create a symbolic link to whatever folder you want Dropbox to back up (inside of the Dropbox folder). For example, if you wanted to backup /home/username/foo, you would do the following commands:

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cd ~/Dropbox
ln -s /home/username/foo
The Preferences route is the preferred method, but if it doesn't work for you (for example if it requires Nautilus in order to change the preferences) then the symbolic link will work also. Be warned though. If you don't point to the exact folder in the link, you may run out of space quickly (for example using ln -s /home/username or worse /home).

Hope this helps, and have a great day
Patrick.
 
Old 09-12-2011, 06:47 PM   #3
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I think it does require Nautilus, I have no icon on my notification area. Is there any way to change the configuration files directly? The symbolic link method is less than ideal...
 
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I think it does require Nautilus, I have no icon on my notification area. Is there any way to change the configuration files directly? The symbolic link method is less than ideal...
You might find the information at this page useful. It's geared towards installing dropbox on a text-based linux system, but it also has some information on changing your folder. It looks like you can't just create a new folder and set that as the new folder (otherwise Dropbox will think you deleted everything in your account and delete it all from other computers).

Have a great day
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:28 AM   #5
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Nevermind, after restarting the computer, the Dropbox notification area icon showed up, and so I followed the above instructions and they worked flawlessly


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Old 09-13-2011, 05:33 AM   #6
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Nevermind, after restarting the computer, the Dropbox notification area icon showed up, and so I followed the above instructions and they worked flawlessly


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Glad to hear that you got the folder changed. If you get a chance, could you please click on "Thread Tools" and change the thread to "Solved" so others will know that you're good to go?

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