[Mageia-dev] dropbox daemon starting issue

L B luke.b3103 at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 23 09:47:08 CET 2011

hello everyone,

i've been testing the mageia alpha-1 and -2 and i stumbled over a weird
behaviour of my lovely dropbox client.
(dropbox is a sync service) the client is available for fedora and ubuntu
and as tar archive for compilation.

the package as the comiled sources don't do very much, they only download
and install the actual dropbox daemon which is closed source.
it works fine on ubuntu but not on mageia :/

the installed menuitem doesn't do anything and the console application is
just acting weird.

the command list:
$ dropbox
Dropbox command-line interface


Note: use dropbox help <command> to view usage for a specific command.

 status       get current status of the dropboxd
 help         provide help
 puburl       get public url of a file in your dropbox
 stop         stop dropboxd
 running      return whether dropbox is running
 start        start dropboxd
 filestatus   get current sync status of one or more files
 ls           list directory contents with current sync status
 autostart    automatically start dropbox at login
 exclude      ignores/excludes a directory from syncing

i think the daemon wasn't installed correctly ( although i tried it several
times ) because every command just throws errors.
$ dropbox start
Dropbox isn't responding!
Dropbox is already running!

$ dropbox filestatus
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 1242, in <module>
    ret = main(sys.argv)
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 1231, in main
    result = commands[argv[i]](argv[i+1:])
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 604, in newmeth
    return meth(*n, **kw)
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 860, in filestatus
    status = dc.icon_overlay_file_status(path=fp).get(u'status',
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 575, in __spec_command
    return self.send_command(unicode(name), kw)
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 533, in send_command
    ok = self.__readline() == u"ok"
  File "/usr/bin/dropbox", line 509, in __readline
    raise DropboxCommand.BadConnectionError()

or my favorite:

$ dropbox start --install
Dropbox isn't running!
Dropbox is already running!

does anybody maybe have the same problems or any solution hints for this?

thank you.

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