Dropbox Archlinux

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Dropbox Archlinux

If you've tried to install dropbox-nautilus from the source found in the <a href=http://www.dropbox.com>Dropbox</a> website, you'll find that you can't successfully complete the ./configure step of the package due to an error of the script not finding pygtk. This is an issue with Archlinux because of the way python binaries are handled in this distribution. However, you can use the AUR packages to install dropbox and its integration with Nautilus thank to the people that tweaked the scripts to work with Arch.

The first step you have to take is download the AUR packages. You'll need to download both dropbox and nautilus-dropbox. Save both .tar.gz files at you preferred location and uncompress them using this command:

Obviously, change <filename.tar.gz> with the filenames you have downloaded. Each tar command will create a folder. Go to the dropbox folder and run this package:

Dropbox Dropbox is a file sharing system with a GNU/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. Apr 27, 2015 It seems that arch and gentoo dropbox packages work differently than expected: they are basically wrappers, initial versions that are able to download the most current binary to your $HOME/.dropbox-dist/ and run that, instead. Usually if you simply run dropbox, it launches $HOME/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd and kills the original process.

This will build a package and install the required dependencies while doing it if needed (it will ask for your root password if you're doing this without being root). If everything went ok, you'll find a file with the extension .xy in the folder you're in. This is what you need to install, using our beloved pacman (use sudo if you're not root):

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This will install dropbox. After this, do the same for the other package: nautilus-dropbox. makepkg -s, pacman -U <filaneme.xy> and you're done, you have Dropbox integrated with Nautilus. Just start Dropbox from your Applications menu and enjoy the service!

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Support for dropbox is through AUR, see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dropbox
Addtionally, see the package details https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/dropbox

I was able to get it working. Note that you will need to install git and also pacman-contrib.
Also see the pinned comment from 'yan12125' if you get errors during the makepkg command which say 'Verifying source file signatures with gpg...'

You should check out the documentation, but here is the rough steps I took after reading the ArchLinux docs mentioned above.
1. login as normal user
2. git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/dropbox.git
3. cd dropbox
4. ./update.sh
5. gpg --recv-keys 1C61A2656FB57B7E4DE0F4C1FC918B335044912E
6. makepkg
7. tar -I zstd -xvf dropbox-xxxxx.pkg.tar.zst

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From there, there should be a ~/dropbox/opt/dropbox/dropbox binary that you can run to start drop box.
Check the Archlinux documentation for all the details above, as they may vary for you. Also, will be more info on how to start dropbox on automatically.

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Last edited by linuxford (2021-04-03 02:37:11)