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Irritated 12-01-2009 06:42 AM

Installing DropBox Ubuntu 9.10
So I've installed and am using Dropbox successfully on my laptop with Ubuntu 9.10 but when I try to install it on my Desktop (also Ubuntu 9.10) I have problems. The package downloads and installs fine but then when I go to
Applications > Internet > Dropbox it says I must download the proprietary daemon and so I click OK. It then stalls for a while before giving me "Trouble connecting to Dropbox servers. Maybe your internet connection is down, or you need to set your http_proxy environment variable."

I am using a proxy which I set using:
System > Preferences > Network Proxy

I'm not sure what the problem is. A solution would be appreciated.

ymitchell 12-01-2009 07:40 AM


Originally Posted by Irritated (Post 3775597)
.. Maybe your internet connection is down, or you need ..

Possibly, Dropbox isn't reading 'Network Proxy', you need to enter the same address into your 'http_proxy environment variable', which is set in your ~/.bashrc file or /etc/profile file to set it globally ..

Irritated 12-01-2009 09:38 AM

I put
export http_proxy=
into both the .bashrc and etc/profile but it didn't fix it. Still get the same error message.

Irritated 12-04-2009 06:45 AM

Also, I might add that I have the same problem with Ubuntu One. Works fine on my laptop but if I try to connect to it on my desktop nothing happens. That's why I was trying dropbox instead. Is there some reason that neither of these programs can connect?

Irritated 12-07-2009 05:26 AM

I tried running u1sync --authorize in the command line and I got the following error:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/dbus/", line 576, in msg_reply_handler
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntuone/oauthdesktop/", line 276, in got_state
self.acquire_access_token(description, store)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntuone/oauthdesktop/", line 336, in acquire_access_token
self.request_token = self.make_token_request(oauth_request)
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntuone/oauthdesktop/", line 232, in make_token_request
File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ubuntuone/oauthdesktop/", line 145, in _forward_error_callback
raise error
IOError: [Errno socket error] [Errno 104] Connection reset by peer

Irritated 12-08-2009 10:36 AM

I managed to get Dropbox up and running by manually downloading the daemon and following the steps at this link
Not sure why that worked but it did. Thank God.

Jaise 06-08-2010 03:00 AM

I have the same problem as "Irritated". Does anyone know why this is happening? I only want to have to do the manual install of the daemon as a last resort and would prefer to know why this is occurring.

dreamzzz 07-27-2010 12:39 PM

OKk actually dropbox needs to download some configuration files from internet if there is a proxy problem which can be solved only if you doenload whole package fo this:
1)download the daemon tarball yourself, and then manually untar it to your home folder. That's all you have to do, actually. ;-)

Linux tarballs (stable):
32 bit:
64 bit:

PeterPain 06-13-2012 01:01 PM


The simple solution was like that -
in command line type:
# dropbox start -i

then starts dropbox launcher and dropbox installation progress bar, that means dropbox is launch!

simple )

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