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How to disable dropbox autostart?

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Being bandwidth limited,  it is important that I control when applications access the internet. Thus, I do not want dropbox to start syncing upon bootup.

On several machines running Linux Mint 17.3, 18.1 and 18.3 all with the MATE desktop environment, I was unable to permanently disable autostart by unchecking the menu selection System ==> Preferences ==> Startup Applications ==> Dropbox. Each time I tried this method, upon reboot, Dropbox would be started again. I followed the instructions here 

 

https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Installation-and-desktop-app/Disable-autostart-permanently/m-p/25528...

 

with these changes:

Edit the file ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop (note the leading . in front of config), replacing 

  Exec=dropbox start -i

with

  Exec=dropbox stop

 

It was NOT necessary to modify permissions on that file after making the change.

 

Even without that file mod, this is still a hack and should be fixed by the developers. 

 

Thanks for all your efforts.

 

Carl

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Re: How to disable dropbox autostart?

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey @cdaaawg,

 

Thanks for reporting this! 

 

As this sounds really interesting , can you please let us know on which desktop app is this issue happening? 

 

The latest stable version of our desktop app is 46.4.65 - if you are not on this build , I would suggest to install this one and try to reproduce this problem. 

 

Let me know what you find please! 



Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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Re: How to disable dropbox autostart?

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey @cdaaawg,

 

Thanks for reporting this! 

 

As this sounds really interesting , can you please let us know on which desktop app is this issue happening? 

 

The latest stable version of our desktop app is 46.4.65 - if you are not on this build , I would suggest to install this one and try to reproduce this problem. 

 

Let me know what you find please! 



Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
https://dropbox.com/support


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