How to install Dropbox in Ubuntu 8.10


Dropbox is my favorite online storage solution. Here’s how to install it on Ubuntu 8.10 Interpid

1. Add the Dropbox repository for Ubuntu package source file. I use /etc/apt/source.list.d/dropbox.list file.

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

Either manually add the lines above to the /etc/apt/source.list.d/dropbox.list file or run the commands below to do the same.

root@dingo:~# echo "deb intrepid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list
root@dingo:~# echo "deb-src intrepid main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list
root@dingo:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list

2. Update your packages list. Run “apt-get update“.

root@dingo:~# apt-get update
Ign intrepid Release.gpg
Ign intrepid/main Translation-en_US
Ign intrepid Release
Ign intrepid/main Packages
Ign intrepid/main Sources
Get:1 intrepid/main Packages [622B]
Get:2 intrepid/main Sources [537B]
Fetched 1160B in 59s (20B/s)
Reading package lists... Done

3. Install Dropbox

root@dingo:~# apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Setting up nautilus-dropbox (0.5.0-1) …

4. Restart nautilus to start Dropbox. You will see a new Dropbox icon in your system tray. Right click on it and select “start dropbox“. The daemon will download the binaries required and start the registration process.

root@dingo:~# killall nautilus

That’s it. Enjoy this get service.

Buzz me if you need help…

  • I have ubuntu 8.10. How do you restart nautilus?

    • run this command dude “killall nautilus”

  • Barkhat

    When I install the drop box I get “some packages can not be authenticated–nautilus-dropbox. Install anyway?” I go on anyway and get the same message. :Some packages could not be authenticated.

    I then killall and restart but I don’t see icon in the bar. In fact my desktop wallpaper changes back to original when filemanager opens.

    Any advise?

  • Barkhat

    Well, scratch that plea I just made. I got a deb pkg that I was able to install and run without a hitch. Yippee! Glad to have found your page though.

  • Joseph Zitt

    So once I have it installed, how do I get it to start up consistently when I start my Ubuntu system? All the docs and pages that I read seem to assume that it starts up automatically. It doesn’t. I do get the Dropdox icon in my taskbar, but right-clicking it and selecting “Start Dropbox” appears to do nothing at all. Syncing doesn’t happen.


  • dude, you running Gnome? Also you have a dropbox account setup?

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