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Old 02-18-2015, 11:38 PM   #1
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Dropbox not running at startup

I'm running Debian wheezy. I have Dropbox installed, but it won't run on startup. I downloaded their CLI script, and if I use

python start
then it starts. I'm trying to use that to get it to run at startup. I have tried editing .profile, and crontab, but it doesn't work and I don't know what else to try. Is it a permissions issue? (I tried making executable and adding python to visudo) or do I need to have some other command to run it at startup?

I appreciate the help!
Old 02-19-2015, 08:46 AM   #2
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I use Dropbox on Debian but i don't use that script.

Install from here (as you have already done obviously)

$ aptitude show dropbox
Package: dropbox
New: yes
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 1.6.2

It reports version 1.6.2, but technically i've updated the binary from here:

I run XFCE, and "Dropbox" shows in my menu system. I've created an "Application Autostart" in Settings Manager, and all is well and shows the icon on my panel.
Old 02-19-2015, 09:17 AM   #3
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The first command removes the existing Dropbox application and the second one removes files from your existing Dropbox folder.

sudo apt-get remove dropbox; rm -rvf ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist

rm -rv ~/Dropbox

Go to this page and download the 32/64 bit .deb file to your Desktop and then install it with gdebi.

You may need to install gdebi if it is not there by default, I cannot remember.
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:35 AM   #4
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Just put your command in cron with the @reboot directive:
@reboot /usr/bin/python $HOME/ start
Changing the path to python and accordingly.
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I tried all three - beachboy2's suggestion worked, apparently gdebi made the difference. Thanks!


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