[Mageia-discuss] Dropbox GUI not working in Mageia (solution)

Anssi Hannula anssi at mageia.org
Fri Mar 9 13:19:51 CET 2012

Hi all!

Short version: rm ~/.dropbox-dist/libz.so.1

Long version:

A year or two back the Dropbox GUI (i.e. the traybar icon and the
settings disalog) stopped working in Mandriva, and the situation has
persisted on Mageia as well.

I have recently investigated the issue with the help of Dropbox Support,
and the root cause of the issue is that Dropbox bundles an old libz.so.1
which gets used instead of our libz.so.1. The problem doesn't affect
most other distributions because we are using the "--enable-libxml2"
build option of fontconfig, which makes it build against libxml2 instead
of libexpat, and our libxml2 requires zlib, while dropbox ships

The Dropbox developers are now aware of the issue and will fix it in a
future version. In the meantime, you can just remove the libz.so.1 file
from your ~/.dropbox-dist directory, and the GUI will start to work.
Note that it may reappear (Dropbox does automatic upgrades) later, and
if the issue isn't fixed properly by then, you need to rm it again.

Anssi Hannula

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