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Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Kuby
New member | Level 2

Hello,

 

I recently changed the name of my Home Folder and Home Directory.

 

Now when I try to run Dropbox I receive the following error: 

 

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 11.28.17 AM.png

Any advice for how to correct the issue?

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

@Kuby wrote:
...

I recently changed the name of my Home Folder and Home Directory.

...

Hi @Kuby,

Big mistake is change any system directory name related to Dropbox (such as the home) while the application is in link! That what you have done. Before such a change you have to unlink your application and link it back at the end. Now, since you can't break the link in the usual way, you have to forcibly unlink it, using following command:

rm -rf ~/.dropbox

After that, run the application and link it back, as usual (in the same way if you have unlinked it in advance in usual way). Be more careful in future! 😉

Hope this helps.

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Re: Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

@Kuby wrote:
...

I recently changed the name of my Home Folder and Home Directory.

...

Hi @Kuby,

Big mistake is change any system directory name related to Dropbox (such as the home) while the application is in link! That what you have done. Before such a change you have to unlink your application and link it back at the end. Now, since you can't break the link in the usual way, you have to forcibly unlink it, using following command:

rm -rf ~/.dropbox

After that, run the application and link it back, as usual (in the same way if you have unlinked it in advance in usual way). Be more careful in future! 😉

Hope this helps.

Re: Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Kuby
New member | Level 2

That worked perfectly thank you!

Re: Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

baldcats
New member | Level 2

Where do you type in that command!  Please explain simply

Re: Couldn't Start Dropbox - Permissions Error

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @baldcats,

The command, you are asking on, is a shell command. Like every one shell command it executes on place where shell runs (of course). Most typical such place is some terminal (executed using your applications set typically; take a look there - should be able find it out, it's preinstalled). There are other possibilities, of course, but they are less common.

Make a note that the same message doesn't mean the same issue!!! Unfortunately, Dropbox messages are far from informative. Any exceptional event that the application can't solve itself results in the same message view. Good example is OP of the current thread. 😁 There you can see some permission problems are pointed as guilty. 😜 Nothing similar, no permission issue take place! 🤫 That's it.

Be careful when you try something! It might not be for you. Take a look on bit more detailed information pointed with blue link (the txt file). If you are not familiar with the info there, post here so somebody could be able direct you. In your case, a real permission issue could exists.

Good luck. 😉

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