Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Dropbox Requires Authentication

I recently upgraded from Xubuntu 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. Everytime I logged on I got the following pop up box requiring my root password.

It would appear that the directory path in the dropbox file was showing the incorrect path:

PARENT_DIR = os.path.expanduser("/var/lib/dropbox") 
DROPBOXD_PATH = "%s/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd" % PARENT_DIR

I tried editing the file as per some online suggestions but this didn't work. However the following worked fine for me. Open Terminal and type:

sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dropbox/.dropbox-dist
dropbox start -i

This removes dropbox from your system and re-installs it.

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