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This document provides information about using Dropbox from on the Unified Linux Systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 that are managed by the School of Informatics, Computing, and ComputingEngineering. There are other standalone Linux systems in the school that are not part of the unified configuration and, therefore, this document does not apply to those systems. If you have any questions about Linux systems within the school, please contact us.


  1. Dropbox installation - Please contact us to have dropbox installed on your system.  Please include the name of the workstation you are using in your request.


  2. Start the Dropbox Daemon - If you have never used dropbox before on the SoIC SICE systems, you will first need to install and start the dropbox daemon. You can do this using the -i flag:

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    dropbox start -i

    When prompted about installing the daemon, just click 'OK'. Once the dropbox daemon is started, you will be asked to log in to your dropbox account.  If you receive a prompt asking you for the root password, just click Cancel.

    After this initial setup, you will start the dropbox daemon without the -i flag:

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    dropbox start


    When you run dropbox when using the networked config, you will receive a warning message explaining that you are using networked mode.  If you want to suppress this warning message, just run the touch command noted in the warning message and you will no longer see this warning message.

  3. Using Dropbox - You now have a folder named Dropbox that you can use. Files copied to or modified in that directory are automatically synced with your Dropbox on the server.  You can check the status of dropbox by running:

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    dropbox status

    The status values you may see are "Up to date" (all systems are go), "Dropbox isn't running" (you need to run dropbox start), or one of several status values indicating it is syncing with dropbox (eg. "Indexing...", or "Downloading file list...").

  4. Stopping Dropbox - When you are done using dropbox, you can stop the service by running:

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    dropbox stop