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I have some issues getting dropbox to run on Centos 6.3. These issues started after I recently got a security warning to upgrade Dropbox. Before this, the older version (not sure which one exactly) has been running fine for ~2+ years.

The install I did was:

Download: https://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/fedora/nautilus-dropbox-1.6.2-1.fedora.x86_64.rpm

Install: yum localinstall nautilus-dropbox-1.6.2-1.fedora.x86_64.rpm

After this: dropbox start -i

It downloads successfully, but then when I do:

dropbox start

I get the message:

Dropbox isn't running!

Dropbox is already running!

And nothing else happens.

What could be the problem here?

  • Try renaming ~/.dropbox or moving it somewhere else from home dir. – kirill-a Dec 16 '14 at 11:59
  • Thanks for the reply. Tried this, and the ~/.dropbox gets re-created, but the problem remains the same... – MaartenV Dec 16 '14 at 12:32
  • Can you run ps aux | grep dropbox ? May be it's already running? Well since it's creating new folder, it means it is running, can you try to upload some files? – kirill-a Dec 16 '14 at 13:23
  • Yes, looks like it is running indeed. But it is not linked to my account atm. And since it I cannot access the GUI of dropbox, I cannot link it I guess... – MaartenV Dec 16 '14 at 14:51
  • Actually you can use it in gui-less mode, check link – kirill-a Dec 16 '14 at 15:22
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I got this temporary solution from dropbox

killall dropbox
rm ~/.dropbox-dist/dropbox-lnx.x86*/libxml2.so.2
~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

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