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Thank you for this solution. I appreciate it. However, it is only partial - as my post further down explains.
I was in the same situation as the others here on the current opensuse level. I tried to adapt ngtr's solution without really understanding it and got into a situation where dropbox was trying to reinstall - and then hanging on 98% - on every new session.
Running "dropbox start" from the command line showed that something was looking for "libatomic.so.1" so I installed the newest libatomic package (not the gcc7 one, that would have been next) and now everything appears to work again.
Ugly. Very ugly.
I had same issue on Fedora 31, to fix that install libatomic:
sudo dnf install libatomic
Thanks for the libatomic advice. I'm also on Fedora 31 and can confirm installing libatomic and restarting dropbox fixed the issue for me as well.
yup, worked for me too on fedora 26
On Ubuntu 18.04 running:
apt-get install libatomic-ops-dev
solved the problem.
I thought libatomic-ops-dev was gcc7 based, the libatomic1 I installed is based on gcc8. There was no research on my part when I installed it, it was a case of "see if this works". It did.
I don't know how anyone else approached this but I entered "dropbox start" in a console-window and the error message made it clear what was missing.
@DinsdaleFor me libatomic-ops-dev worked (no error in console), however after your post I tried libatomic1 and it worked, too.
A big - and strange - new development.
I have a second machine which also uses Dropbox and which was also exhibiting the same symptoms. So I installed libatomic1 there, logged out and logged in again. Dropbox then announced that it was "Up to date".
Strange is: I had reinstalled Dropbox on my first machine and now have 85.4.155 there. This second machine claims to have 84.4.170 but is "Up to date".
This is still ocurring, i.e. Linux update is failing and stalling the Dropbox service.
$ ./dropbox.py status
If you have downloaded the above python "dropbox.py" script from the Dropbox Linux page, you can do the following to at least get the Dropbox service running again:
$ ./dropbox.py stop
Dropbox daemon stopped.
$ ./dropbox.py start
Starting Dropbox...dropbox: locating interpreter
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