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"Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

"Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4

Lately, every time I start my Mac (OS 10.14.6) I get a message that reads (in full): 

"Dropbox needs to change permissions for the Folder: /Users/[name]/Dropbox

Enter your password to allow this"

(I would attach a screenshot here but I can't figure out how.)

I enter the password and all is well, but it happens Every. Single. Time. I start my computer. After checking here for ideas, I checked for symlinks (there are none) and reinstalled Dropbox (so I am now running the latest version), but that has not helped at all. What now?

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Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @Rachel R.2,

Can you try following commands in terminal:

sudo chflags -R noschg "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
sudo chflags -R nouchg "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
sudo chown -R "$USER" "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
chmod -R u+rw "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"

Will be asked for your password (sudo).

Hope this helps. :wink:

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Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Lusil
Dropboxer

Hey there @Rachel R.2

Welcome to the Dropbox Community! Let's see what we can find here. 

As a first step, could you let me know if you get a hyperlink when you see the error message pop up? If you do, could you please click on it and post the log that you get?

Thanks in advance!


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Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4

Hi, Lusil! 

No, there is no link, just the location of my desktop Dropbox folder. If you tell me how to add a screenshot, I can do that.

Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Lusil
Dropboxer

If you can attach a screenshot in your reply, that would be very helpful! :grinning:

Thanks in advance, @Rachel R.2


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Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4
I would be happy to if you would tell me how to do that!

Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4

Screen Shot 2019-10-07 at 8.43.15 AM.png

(If that worked, I figured it out. 🙂 )

Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

Hi @Rachel R.2,

Can you try following commands in terminal:

sudo chflags -R noschg "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
sudo chflags -R nouchg "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
sudo chown -R "$USER" "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"
chmod -R u+rw "/Users/$USER/Dropbox"

Will be asked for your password (sudo).

Hope this helps. :wink:

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Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4

All at once or one at a time?

Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Здравко
Super Collaborator | Level 20

Line by line. Every line is one command.

Re: "Dropbox needs to change permissions" message on startup

Rachel R.2
Explorer | Level 4

Done--and thank you! I restarted, and it didn't ask for my password, so hopefully the problem is now solved.

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