Vaibhav Bajpai | Blog

Dropbox on Ubuntu Server

10 October 2011

Download the latest tarball: x86 or x86-64

Extract the tarball and relocate it.

$ tar -zxvf $TARBALL
$ mv .dropbox-dist ~/

Download the Dropbox CLI and put it in your PATH

$ curl -O
$ chmod +x
$ mv ~/.bin/dropbox
$ dropbox

Dropbox command-line interface


Note: use dropbox help <command> to view usage for a specific command.

 status       get current status of the dropboxd
 help         provide help
 puburl       get public url of a file in your dropbox
 stop         stop dropboxd
 running      return whether dropbox is running
 start        start dropboxd
 filestatus   get current sync status of one or more files
 ls           list directory contents with current sync status
 autostart    automatically start dropbox at login
 exclude      ignores/excludes a directory from syncing

Run the Dropbox Daemon; and goto the URL to link the machine and start syncing!

[$HOME/.dropbox-dist]$ ./dropboxd
This client is not linked to any account... Please visit $URL to link this machine.     

Download the init.d script, change DROPBOX_USERS to include your username and save the script at /etc/init.d/dropbox.

Add execute permissions:

$ sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/dropbox

Add to the very top of the script:

# Provides:          dropbox
# Required-Start:    $local_fs $remote_fs $network $syslog $named
# Required-Stop:     $local_fs $remote_fs $network $syslog $named
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# X-Interactive:     false
# Short-Description: dropbox service


$ sudo update-rc.d dropbox defaults

Reboot and then test:

$ dropbox status    
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