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Linux - Unable to change Dropbox directory on CUI

Linux - Unable to change Dropbox directory on CUI

ghyhfdue34
Explorer | Level 4

Environment
Ubuntu22.04

 

Target.
Store temporary cache in /mnt/hdd, put file list in /mnt/Dropbox

 

Problem
I used the https://www.dropbox.com/install-linux method, but I don't know how to set the destination in the CUI.

 

Supplemental
I already checked the following page but could not figure out the specific method, so I started a topic
https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Apps-and-Installations/Linux-Unable-to-change-Dropbox-directory/td-p...

 

Thank you.

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Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Hey @ghyhfdue34, thanks for taking the time to post here today.

 

I'm afraid that there's no supported way to keep the temporary cache on a different drive and the actual Dropbox files on another one.

 

You can move the Dropbox folder to a different location, but this will move the entire thing.

 

Let me know if you have any questions.


Hannah
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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ghyhfdue34
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Thanks @Hannah

How do I move an entire Dropbox folder on the CUI?

I want to move ~/Dropbox to /mnt/hdd/Dropbox. And I want to complete all of this using only the commands in the CUI.

Hannah
Dropbox Staff

Sorry for the delay in our response here.

 

Unfortunately, moving your Dropbox folder when using the CLI version of the Dropbox desktop client isn't currently available.

You can still use symlinks to store it in a different location, but Dropbox wouldn't be able to help with these steps or supporting any issues related to it. 

 

Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.


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Здравко
Legendary | Level 20

@Hannah wrote:

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You can still use symlinks to store it in a different location, but Dropbox wouldn't be able to help with these steps or supporting any issues related to it. 

...


Hi @Hannah,

No, symlink usage is no more possible!!! You (I mean Dropbox, no personally you) did forbid such usage long time ago already (it was possible, but... 🤦). Currently temporary RDP session can be used for move Dropbox folder on another location or remounting the place where Dropbox folder is located on (mount --bind or fstab entry "/olddir /newdir none bind"). It would be nice such a command to be added finally - it's a feature request for long time already and no so difficult thing. 🤷

Hope this clarifies matter.

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