I wrote a few days ago that downgrading solved the problem. But the question was how to prevent Dropbox from upgrading. I found that this (so far) works perfectly:
I fetched a copy of the .dropbox-dist folder version 62.4.103 from my Crashplan. I renamed the original (and newer) folder before, just in case. Then I change the owner to root with sudo chown root:root .dropbox-dist. This effectively prevents Dropbox from modifying it.
Make sure the older copy of the folder retains the original permissions, or Dropbox won't start.
You have two possible solutions on your linux installation. Either fall back to an earlier dropbox dist level that works, change permissions to prevent dropbox from updating it and pray they don't enforce version checking or install the fix I posted above that works around the problem.
Sorry, but if Dropbox is forcing me to choose between the security of my files or using their product, it's an easy decision.
It would be useful if the error message could be a bit clearer, though. My file system is ext4 with ecryptfs, but the error message says I must switch to ext4. If this were changed to indicate that the encryption is the problem, it would save people having to go through a lot of troubleshooting and let them move straight to the part where they uninstall Dropbox.
Yep, that error message is sure misleading. I complained about it with Support but they just didn't get it and rather treated me like a stupid school boy.
The funny part here is that it worked perfectly with ext4 and encryptfs before, until they decided to change everything, so it is not that it isn't possible or their programmers were unable to do it, it is just they don't want it or us. BTW: I quickly set up a PC without any encryption at all, just to try, and guess what!? It still didn't work, and I still got that stupid error message.
Well, I got tired and annoyed of it, so I am currently setting up a private cloud system, and as soon as that is up and running, it's goodbye and thanks for all the fish, for me too. And that is not I'm just pulling out the Linux devices: That will trigger pulling out all other devices of my family and partners, too!
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