Dropbox in Linux behind a firewall or proxy
After downloading the .deb or .rpm package for your linux distribution and installing it, you would think dropbox would be ready to roll. All you should have to do is sync the application with your account and you’re all set, right?
But instead, you find you’re missing a piece — the dropboxd daemon that isn’t included in the package. You see this popup and you click ok, but for whatever reason it just hangs there; nothing happens. Now what…?
Well /usr/bin/dropbox is just a python script, so I took a peek and found it was trying to go to this site:
with the lnx.x86_64 part coming from a function. I don’t know/care why it’s not working, but a quick browse to that link led me to download dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.2.52.tar.gz
If you have this same problem, try the following:
1. Download the dropbox-lnx tarball.
2. untar the archive into your home directory
3. run ~/.dropboxd
4. login to your account
Click Next, Next, …, Next and you’re done.