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Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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I recently had to rename the home folders on all three of my macs and Dropbox has stopped working. Help please?

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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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Please unlink your computers from https://www.dropbox.com/account#security then just restart Dropbox app and it will ask you to link your computer to an Dropbox account. Just input the info and it should find the original Dropbox folder.

One could just go to Preferences and change location but I believe the extra step listed above would more fail safe to do


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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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Reply to Chris J: This did not work as the app will not start.

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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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have you tried reinstalling Dropbox? https://www.dropbox.com/install

try that and if that do not work, a detailed uninstall will do the trick


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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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try this in the Advanced users section here: https://help.dropbox.com/syncing-uploads/stuck-syncing

perhaps your permissions is wanky


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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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Reply to Chris: Yes, I did try reinstalling Dropbox. It did not work. When in copied the first line of commands in the terminal window (using your "advanced" idea), I got a message that said, "No such file or directory."

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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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where is your Dropbox folder located?

Can you try renaming your Dropbox folder to something different and move it elsewhere? and try restarting Dropbox client? the hidden (Settings) are inside your Dropbox folder.


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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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reply to Chris: My Dropbox folder is here: users/myaccount/dropbox . Remember, the reason I am having trouble is that I renamed the home folder, so the name in "myaccount" is what I changed.

Thanks for trying to help me. This is very frustrating.

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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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Since submitting a ticket will take some days, I would recommend sending one. We might be able to fix it before a member of the Dropbox team gets to it but who knows. Submit a ticket https://www.dropbox.com/support

follow up with ticket via zendesk https://dropbox.zendesk.com

try renaming your Dropbox folder and restart DB.


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Re: Drop box not working after renaming home folder

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I already did. I sent a ticket today. Forgot to mention that this problem is happening on all three of my macs. I renamed the home folder on all of them so all of them are having this problem; just to clarify. I hope they get back to me soon; I love Dropbox and I use it alot.

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