Dropbox

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Dropbox

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.

Installation

The Linux Dropbox client is packaged as a Nautilus plugin. It is in the AUR as "nautilus-dropbox".

  1. Simply run "yaourt nautilus-dropbox" to build and install. (See here for instructions on installing from the AUR).
  2. Now restart Nautilus. You will see the Dropbox icon in your panel.
  3. Eventually a popup will ask you to login to your Dropbox account, or start a new one. Enter your credentials.
  4. After some time you will see a "Welcome to Dropbox" popup, which will give you the opportunity to view a short tour of Dropbox.
  5. Press the "Finish and go to My Dropbox".

To use it, simply drag and drop files into your "Dropbox" folder.

Without Nautilus

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.

  1. Install Dropbox using Nautilus with the instructions above. If you start Nautilus with the "--no-desktop" option it won't take over your environment.
  2. Stop Nautilus by doing "killall nautilus".
  3. There will be three directories in your home directory called: ".dropbox-dist", ".dropbox", and "Dropbox".
  4. 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.
  5. Move files into "Dropbox" to sync them.
  6. ".dropbox" holds configuration databases and caches for Dropbox. Don't touch this.

Enjoy!