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Manage Headless dropbox deamon and standard GUI version

Manage Headless dropbox deamon and standard GUI version

Domenico S.2
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I have updated an ubuntu linux 12.04 to 16.04.

Version 12.04 has standard GUI install of dropbox which occasionally seems to stop working but could be considerated working.

After update I tried to install headless version which, as I read after, cannot be configured as fine as standard GUI version.

Unfortunately upgrade linux version broke some GTK library and I'm not able to access standard GUI version anymore.

Now it seems that both dropbox version are running.. is this possible?


Obviously the right way to solve the problem is a new fresh linux install but, in the meanwhile, I'm try to manage the actual situation.

It seem the both standard GUI version and Headless version are running. Standard GUI start as I tried to lunch from X (even thouht I cannot see the interface), headless start running as user login in (so I must stop it every time... I should try autostart command to prevent this behaviour!).

Looking at running processes with top command I see many dropbox processes, how can I distinct standard GUI ones from headless one?

I installed headless versione using apt-get, if I try to uninstall this could affect GUI version also?


Thanks to everyone could help me



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Re: Manage Headless dropbox deamon and standard GUI version


Hi @Domenico S.2, thanks for messaging today!


Generally, it wouldn't help to have two versions of the Dropbox desktop application running on your Linux machine. 


The best solution would be to uninstall both apps, and reinstall the app you do want on your machine.


Bear in mind to check the devices page to ensure that you would be under the device limit when you uninstall the apps, if you're on a Dropbox Basic plan.


If you need any further assistance, please let me know!

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