Using Dropbox with Rox filer

Dropbox is an easy way to share and store your files online and it is compaible with Linux, Windows(NT kernels) and Mac OS X. The only thing that would keep me from using dropbox is that it’s geared towards nautilus but this is not a problem because it is compatible with other file managers too.

The steps to install are as follows;

Step One

Sign up for a dropbox account here;

Sign up
if you use the above link we will both get an extra 256MB of space.

Step Two

Download the client program from Here.

You either have to compile the source or install the package listed for your distribution, so on ubuntu for example you might do the following command;

sudo gdebi nautilus-dropbox_0.6.1_i386_ubuntu_9.04.deb

Step Three

Setup a script that gets executed in place of nautilus, on ubuntu putting the script in “/usr/local/bin/” means that it will get called instead of nautilus. Use your favourite text editor to create the following script;

#!/bin/bash
exec rox $@
exit 0

an example of how this could be done;

sudo nano /usr/local/bin/nautilus
sudo chmod 777 /usr/local/bin/nautilus

If nautilus still starts when you execute the nautilus command use one of the paths indicated when you execute “echo $PATH”.

Step Four

Setting up Dropbox. To set up dropbox do the following command;

dropbox start -i

and fill in you account information.

Step Five

Add the following lines to your windows managers start up file;

(sleep 30 && ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd) &

You might not need the sleep section if your net connection is already active when x starts.

If you have any questions please leave a comment.

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