How to install Dropbox without having a GUI

Discussion in 'Linux' started by dragonbite, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

    Aug 30, 2008
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    This is a great feature for having a server connect to a Dropbox account, whether for backups or as a Cloud file storing feature (providing sufficient bandwidth).
    One advantage is that unlike UbuntuOne, not only is Dropbox cross-platform, it is cross-distro too. And with 2GB free, 50GB for $10/mo. or 100GB for $20/mo. with additional space when referring people there is opportunity to store quite a bit if necessary. Files stored in Dropbox are accessible via a web interface or from multiple computers set up with access to the box.

    1. make sure you have a Dropbox account
    2. download the Linux tarball
      $ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz
      or for 64bit:
      $ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz
    3. extract the files:
      $ tar -zxof dropbox.tar.gz
    4. run the script in background, you'll get a link. copy it and open it in your browser and then login with the email address and password you have registered in the beginning. After you've done so – the script will stop, and Dropbox will run logged-in.:
      $ .dropbox-dist/dropboxd & 
    5. to make Dropbox load on startup:
      $ dropbox autostart
    the Dropbox folder located on ~/Dropbox as usual and you can find the whole list of commands using
    dropbox –help
    man dropbox
    You can view their security and backup facilities on the Dropbox Features Page. Which includes
    • 30 days of undo history, with unlimited undo available as a paid option.
    • All transmission of file data and metadata occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL).
    • All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password.
    • There is a free Dropbox application for iPhone, iPad, and Android
    • and more...[/list:u]

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