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Old 12-01-2009, 06:42 AM   #1
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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.
Old 12-01-2009, 07:40 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Irritated View Post
.. 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 ..
Old 12-01-2009, 09:38 AM   #3
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I put
export http_proxy=
into both the .bashrc and etc/profile but it didn't fix it. Still get the same error message.
Old 12-04-2009, 06:45 AM   #4
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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?
Old 12-07-2009, 05:26 AM   #5
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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
Old 12-08-2009, 10:36 AM   #6
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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.
Old 06-08-2010, 03:00 AM   #7
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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.
Old 07-27-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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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:
Old 06-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #9
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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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