Drop Box Fail

Dropbox logoI’ve been doing a fair bit of stuff at work that I also need to work on at home, usually I copy to a USB drive and transfer files that way but thought I would take another look at DropBox.

Given the current hype with cloud computing, or at least my idea of cloud computing this fits in well, its a synchronisation application that lets you transfer files from one machine to another (Or multiple machines) the only downside is your data is on the DropBox server so for the paranoid its probably not ideal.

Going off on a tangent, a couple of years ago I was involved with the iFolder Project by Novell this was prior to its current revamp under Kablink basically its the same principle except you can host the ‘Server’ yourself so long as you have access to the Internet with that machine there is nothing stopping you syncing folders pretty much anywhere in the world.

Any way I don’t keep my machines at home switched on 24/7 so this is not an option for me hence the DropBox. I’m not the head of a multi national organisation or a bank so most of the stuff I sync is pretty inert (“Inert? yeah wouldn’t ert a fly”) I run a few different machines Arch Linux obviously but also openSUSE and (Waits for spam hate mail) Windows XP Pro. As you can imagine the XP installs of DropBox was fine also the openSUSE install was pretty painless unfortunately Arch Linux is another story.

Now dear reader my system is KDE-Mod which to be honest should not have made a difference so I went ahead and did $: yaourt nautilus-dropbox of course the clue was in the Nautilus bit but hey who concentrates when they are excited? No errors was reported so in theory we should be good to go?

Oh no we aren’t, OK lets hop over to the wiki and see whats what. Ah so I should have done the manual install “Without Nautilus” OK I’ll have a go at that. Now I’m not sure what I’ve done wrong should I have done all this as Root? I can see the three folders they are talking about but the ‘test’ script refuses to work. :-(

For the minute I’m just logging on to my DropBox account via Firefox and doing the old “Drag-n-drop” routine I suppose I’ll have to lift the hood up and have a rummage around to try and fix it or at least clean up the part installs spewed over my system.


  1. Ashren says:

    Run /opt/dropbox/dropbox enter your email and password. Close program. Place files in /home/youruser/Dropbox and run /opt/dropbox/dropboxd.

    If you want to run as a daemon place /opt/dropbox/dropboxd in your KDE-session startup.

    • dick_turpin says:

      Run /opt/dropbox/dropbox

      “No such file or directory”

      $ dropbox
      Traceback (most recent call last):
      File “/usr/bin/dropbox”, line 50, in
      enc = locale.getpreferredencoding()
      File “/usr/lib/python2.6/locale.py”, line 549, in getpreferredencoding
      setlocale(LC_CTYPE, “”)
      File “/usr/lib/python2.6/locale.py”, line 513, in setlocale
      return _setlocale(category, locale)
      locale.Error: unsupported locale setting

      So its still broken :-(

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