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Old 10-20-2016, 04:37 AM   #1
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Dropbox can't 'sign-in' or install newer version.


I installed Dropbox on my 64bit Linuxmint 17 machine. It installed easily wihout a hitch (I thought). But when I looked for the dropbox folder in the my home folder, it isn't there. When I try to sign in to dropbox using username, and password, I get an error, but no sign-in. the error says:"Your using an old version of Dropbox....", and instructs me to go to 'www.dropbox.com/downloading' and download the newer version.

I have done so, first trying the 64bit version for Ubuntu. When that didn't work, I tried the 64 bit version for Debian. And it still doesn't work.

What am I missing?
 
Old 10-20-2016, 10:50 PM   #2
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What am I missing?
Hi...

If you would, please try opening Dropbox using a terminal and post the results (any error messages) in their entirety. I'm curious to see what they have to say.

Regards...
 
Old 10-21-2016, 07:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Ardvark71. Here are the results:
m17 ~ $ dropbox
Dropbox command-line interface

commands:

Note: use dropbox help <command> to view usage for a specific command.

status get current status of the dropboxd
throttle set bandwidth limits for Dropbox
help provide help
puburl get public url of a file in your dropbox's public folder
stop stop dropboxd
running return whether dropbox is running
start start dropboxd
filestatus get current sync status of one or more files
ls list directory contents with current sync status
autostart automatically start dropbox at login
exclude ignores/excludes a directory from syncing
lansync enables or disables LAN sync
sharelink get a shared link for a file in your dropbox
proxy set proxy settings for Dropbox

m17 ~ $ dropbox status
Dropbox isn't running!
m17 ~ $ dropbox start
Starting Dropbox...Dropbox isn't running!
Done!
m17 ~ $ #At this point I get a blue box labeled "Dropbox Setup"asking for my email and password.
m17 ~ $ #having supplied that I get the error message (mentioned in my first post about this) in that same blue box
m17 ~ $ #If I continue with:
m17 ~ $ dropbox status
Waiting to be linked to a Dropbox account...
m17 ~ $

But there is a dropbox account. I was able to interface with it through Firefox, and (thru Firefox upload a zip file to it. That's an awkward way to interface with my Dropbox account, but demonstrates that the account is there. But, so far, I find no other way to interface with it.
 
Old 10-21-2016, 01:13 PM   #4
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Have you done, from the command line

dropbox start -i

?


That should bring in the daemon that you need for dropbox to run.
 
Old 10-22-2016, 04:05 AM   #5
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Whoops! My bad. The dropbox directory is in my home menu after all. I failed to look for it as a hidden file, although I suppose that when I last used dropbox (on some previous version of linux) it was probably a hidden file. Sorry for the misinformation.

But it still won't let me sign in, no matter which version I have installed. Shouldn't have to do this, but I think I'll try the 32bit version, and see if that works.
 
Old 10-22-2016, 08:28 AM   #6
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from the command line
Code:
dropbox start -i
that will download what it needs then offers you to sign in that completes the process. Have you gotten that far yet?

mod: oooooooooOOOOOOooOOOOOooOOOOooOOOOppppppPPPPppPPPPp'sssss someone else already asked ya that one.

Last edited by BW-userx; 10-22-2016 at 08:36 AM.
 
Old 10-23-2016, 01:49 AM   #7
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Yes, I have gotten to the point where the little blue rectangle pops up with the message that I should enter my username (email address) and password, and sign in. But when I have entered email address, and password, and clicked on "signin", I amconfronted with the error message in the same box telling me to update dropbox, and telling me where to go to update it.

So when I have "updated it, (or reinstalled it) using the links provided, and tried again with "dropbox start" or "dropbox start -i"I get the same error message again, but it will not allow me to complete the sign in.
 
Old 10-23-2016, 12:54 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by littlejoe5 View Post
Yes, I have gotten to the point where the little blue rectangle pops up with the message that I should enter my username (email address) and password, and sign in. But when I have entered email address, and password, and clicked on "signin", I amconfronted with the error message in the same box telling me to update dropbox, and telling me where to go to update it.

So when I have "updated it, (or reinstalled it) using the links provided, and tried again with "dropbox start" or "dropbox start -i"I get the same error message again, but it will not allow me to complete the sign in.
I had that same problem with debian, or it could have been crunchbang which is debian based. but remember I compiled it from source off of dropbox to get it back again. I don't remember all of the particulars though.
 
Old 10-23-2016, 03:17 PM   #9
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I had this issue on my mx15 / debian system.

there should be a hidden folder in your home folder called .dropbox-dist. this contains the old daemon. stop dropbox, delete the folder, and the re-run dropbox. it should download the daemon again.

just make sure you don't delete your real Dropbox folder.
 
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Old 10-24-2016, 09:28 AM   #10
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Thanks, dolphin_oracle. That seems to have done it. It appears to be installed now.
 
Old 12-13-2016, 02:47 PM   #11
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Yay for a thread on dropbox. I was having troubles on debian too (my newest installation).
But success!
Thank you.
 
Old 03-13-2017, 08:21 PM   #12
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Question How to use Dropbox
This is a repeat of a reply to an item I found in linux-Newby. I hope I am not violating the rules by doing this. I had tried a search which I thought would search all of the Linux forums, but only found the other one.

I am using debian on a Rpi and thought I had followed the instructions from (https://www.dropbox.com/install-linux). I installed the debian 32bit version a couple of days ago. But when I tried to run dropbox using the first line in the CODE below this is the listing from my terminal. NOTE: I added LF where the \\ are shown.

Code:
pi@raspberrypi:~ $ ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd
/home/pi/.dropbox-dist/dropbox-lnx.x86-21.4.25 \\
/dropbox: 1: /home/pi/.dropbox-dist/dropbox- \\
lnx.x86-21.4.25/dropbox: \\ 
Syntax error: word unexpected (expecting ")")
I also tried this command

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ dropboxd
bash: dropboxd: command not found

Can anybody spot where I went wrong?

Last edited by halek37; 03-13-2017 at 08:23 PM. Reason: had code wrong
 
Old 03-13-2017, 08:51 PM   #13
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there should be a hidden folder in your home folder called .dropbox-dist. this contains the old daemon. stop dropbox, delete the folder, and the re-run dropbox. it should download the daemon again.

just make sure you don't delete your real Dropbox folder.
How do you tellthe real one from others?

Does a dot at the start of a file or directory make it a hidden?
 
  


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