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Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Michael S.15
New member | Level 1

I can't run dropbox on Debian (stable distribution, Jessie) any more.  All I get is a message telling me that I'm running an old version and that I should update.  Which I do, using apt.  But the current version on linux.dropbox.com/debian/jessie/main is dated 2015.10.28 and it just won't run under any circumstances - it demands an update that just doesn't exist.

How can this problem be fixed?

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Re: Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Nathan G.16
New member | Level 1

I have the same problem on Linux Mint 17.2

Re: Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Christian F.2
New member | Level 1

I had the same problem under Debian Stretch.

Have you tried renaming the $HOME/.dropbox-dist folder? Worked for me.

Credits go to https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2240094&page=2&p=13114293#post13114293

Re: Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Uncleoilybag
Explorer | Level 4

I'm having similar problem Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa 64 bit

Dropbox says software is out of date, but when download latest software (dropbox_2015.10.28_amd64.deb) it says I am already running that!

Cannot find the hidden folder in $HOME     .dropbox-dist - doesn't seem to exist on my system.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 

Re: Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

Uncleoilybag
Explorer | Level 4

Ah - I think we have solved this now. I was looking in the wrong place - there is a folder called .dropbox-dist in my home directory      .ie     /home/xxxxxx      where xxxxxx is my name.

I deleted this. ( suppose I should have renamed it but - ah well ...)

Then reinstalled the latest dropbox ( in my case was dropbox_2015.10.28_amd64.deb)

It then automatically asked me to download the Dropbox deamon - which it did.

Then restarted Dropbox - logged in etc.

So now at least it's reinitialising and will take ages to sort itself out ...but looks like we're now cookin on gas! ( that's a British idiom - sorry)

Re: Dropbox for Debian stable (Jessie) won't run, saying it is out of date

debian_lover
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You guys are lifesavers! I had just about given up on dropbox and the other cloud storage alternatives weren't right for me for one reason or another. Thank you!
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