Dropbox is a file sharing system that recently introduced a Linux client. Use it to transparently sync files across computers and architectures. Simply drop files into your "~/Dropbox" folder, and they will automatically sync to your centralized repository.
The Linux Dropbox client is packaged as a Nautilus plugin. It is in the AUR as "nautilus-dropbox".
- Simply run "yaourt nautilus-dropbox" to build and install. (See here for instructions on installing from the AUR).
- Now restart Nautilus. You will see the Dropbox icon in your panel.
- Eventually a popup will ask you to login to your Dropbox account, or start a new one. Enter your credentials.
- After some time you will see a "Welcome to Dropbox" popup, which will give you the opportunity to view a short tour of Dropbox.
- Press the "Finish and go to My Dropbox".
To use it, simply drag and drop files into your "Dropbox" folder.
If you use KDE or other non-Gnome desktop environment, you may not want to use Nautilus. Here's how to do that. Unfortunately until someone comes up with a way to bypass this, you will have to use Nautilus for the set-up. Once Dropbox is installed, you can safely remove Nautilus.
- Install Dropbox using Nautilus with the instructions above. If you start Nautilus with the "--no-desktop" option it won't take over your environment.
- Stop Nautilus by doing "killall nautilus".
- There will be three directories in your home directory called: ".dropbox-dist", ".dropbox", and "Dropbox".
- You will see a daemon running called "dropboxd" running out of the ".dropbox-dist" directory. Use this to start and stop Dropbox. You can put "~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd" in your startup scripts if you wish.
- Move files into "Dropbox" to sync them.
- ".dropbox" holds configuration databases and caches for Dropbox. Don't touch this.