Monday, April 18, 2011

Add Dropbox Indicator to Ubuntu Natty Narwhal

Installing Ubuntu perfect, everything works fine, and start to sync my Dropbox folder... And oh, surprise. Could not see the icon. Then I remembered that now I had to display the Notification area. I tried upgrade to the latest version and still did not receive the icon.

So I searched and found this solution that can enable the display of Dropbox, or AppIndicator, which will display on our desktop client.

To download, follow these steps:

Open a terminal and dropbox process ends with :
dropbox stop
Delete the folder dropbox settings on our team (the same as delete when we update dropbox):
rm -r ~/.dropbox-dist
Download the latest version of Dropbox, supporting AppIndicator. If you have 32-bit writes:
tar -xvf dropbox-lnx.x86-1.1.7.tar.gz
If you have 64-bit command cd
tar -xvf dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.1.7.tar.gz
Now start with Appindicator Dropbox:
dropbox start
If all goes well, they'll see this:

See? Very easy.
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thanks for the hint on how to get dropbox to work with natty. I think i got an easier solution:

stop dropbox daemon, remove ~/dropbox-dist and then start the daemon again, using dropbox start. This will automatically install the latest client.

The http address didn't work, however dropbox supplied the answer. After deleting ~/.dropbox-dist simply run: dropbox start -i

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