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in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

z x. New member | Level 2
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this answer

https://www.dropboxforum.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/201545695-After-upgrade-to-3-x-the-dropbox-tra... 

is too complex, can you tell me a stable version that work in linux mint xfce, I just install linux-mint xfce(https://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=194) and install dropbox deb, I doesn't see system tray.

I guess it's because qt5 since qt5 doesn't fixed system tray bug until qt5.4

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Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Jonathan L.19 New member | Level 1
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@Thanos F. You the man! That tip was the key for me!

I have Linux Mint 17.3 XFCE and KDE and it wasn't working in either.

The following fixed it:

1) Run "dropbox stop && dbus-launch dropbox start" from the terminal

2) Right click on the icon. Go to "Preferences" Turn off "start Dropbox on system startup" (otherwise Dropbox will keep starting up the same broken way every time)

3) Next, from the main menu, edit autostart programs. Add the following program to autostart when you log in:

dbus-launch dropbox start

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Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Jonathan L.19 New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

@Thanos F. You the man! That tip was the key for me!

I have Linux Mint 17.3 XFCE and KDE and it wasn't working in either.

The following fixed it:

1) Run "dropbox stop && dbus-launch dropbox start" from the terminal

2) Right click on the icon. Go to "Preferences" Turn off "start Dropbox on system startup" (otherwise Dropbox will keep starting up the same broken way every time)

3) Next, from the main menu, edit autostart programs. Add the following program to autostart when you log in:

dbus-launch dropbox start

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Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Marcel L.5 New member | Level 1
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Thanks, works like a charm.

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Lcn_Lin
Explorer | Level 4

Hello,

I have been facing the same issue on Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce. Thank you for the solution. It worked well. However, with each boot, the trouble-causing command "start-i" gets added automatically in the "applications and start-up". Despite removing it again and again. I have two start-up commands in the list. It seems to be conflicting for Dropbox. Hence the main issue of indicator plugin or system tray reappears sometimes and DB starts normally some other times. 

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Argyle77
Helpful | Level 5

I had this same issue with Linux Mint XFCE 18.3, but solved it by editing the dropbox launcher in ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop to include the dbus-launch thing in its Exec line, and then marking the file read-only (chmod 444 ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop).

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Lcn_Lin
Explorer | Level 4

Thank you for the response. Can you please share the steps to edit the .config file and other steps needed? 

 

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Lcn_Lin
Explorer | Level 4
Thank you for the response. Can you please share the steps to edit the .config file and other steps needed?

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Argyle77
Helpful | Level 5

In a terminal window, type the following to open the dropbox auto-start launcher in a text editor:

xed ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop 

 

Make the file look like this and save it:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Dropbox
GenericName=File Synchronizer
Comment=Sync your files across computers and to the web
Exec=dbus-launch dropbox start -i
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Icon=dropbox
Categories=Network;FileTransfer;
StartupNotify=false

(The important part is the Exec= line).

 

Finally, to make it stick, make the file read-only:

chmod 444 ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop 

Note, I'm running Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia, Xfce 64-bit edition.  This is what worked for me (Your Mileage May Vary).

Re: in linux-mint xfce, dropbox doesn't show system tray

Lcn_Lin
Explorer | Level 4
Thank you for the workaround. It worked for my Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia, XFCE 32-bit

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