How to install Dropbox without having a GUI

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  1. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

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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.

    Essentially
    1. make sure you have a Dropbox account
    2. download the Linux tarball
      Code:
      $ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz http://www.dropbox.com/download/?plat=lnx.x86
      or for 64bit:
      Code:
      $ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz http://www.dropbox.com/download/?plat=lnx.x86_64
    3. extract the files:
      Code:
      $ 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.:
      Code:
      $ .dropbox-dist/dropboxd & 
    5. to make Dropbox load on startup:
      Code:
      $ dropbox autostart
    the Dropbox folder located on ~/Dropbox as usual and you can find the whole list of commands using
    Code:
    dropbox –help
    or
    Code:
    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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