I am trying to install nautilus-dropbox-1.6.2.tar.bz2. I ran ./configure, but got the error

configure: error: Package requirements (libnautilus-extension >= 2.16.0) were not met:

No package 'libnautilus-extension' found

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you
installed software in a non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables NAUTILUS_CFLAGS
and NAUTILUS_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config.
See the pkg-config man page for more details.

I have done a google search for this, and found that some people suggested that one needs to download nautilus-devel. However, I have no idea what that is and how to download it. I google searched for it, and found it is for Fedora. I don't use Fedora.

Anyways, is that what I need to do? If not, then what else can I do?

  • 1
    what specific linux distro are you using? Nov 13, 2014 at 17:57
  • Use your package manager for this...
    – jasonwryan
    Nov 13, 2014 at 17:58
  • I use scientific linux
    – csx
    Nov 13, 2014 at 18:08

3 Answers 3


This would help remove the problem

sudo apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev

I suggest you avoid compiling unless you have a specific and good reason for it.

The pre-compiled packages that you can find at dropbox download site should work right-out-of-the-box.

They can be installed using the package system for your distro (dpkg or rpm).

Scientific Linux is a RHEL derivative, so download the RPM from Dropbox, and run (as root):

 rpm -ihv <rpm-file-name>
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    The fedora RPM available from here should probably work.
    – Wilf
    Nov 13, 2014 at 18:39

Installing the nautilus-devel package should do the trick.

yum install nautilus-devel

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