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Dropbox Ubuntu 18.04 headless server change and Zoneminder question.

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Hi, I have Dropbox command line installed on a headless ubuntu 18.04 server. I also have Zoneminder installed (which records video files). Zoneminder stores the video files and dropbox synchronises them to the cloud. This was working fine with a symbolic link from the Zoneminder events folder to my Dropbox folder until Dropbox stopped symlinks working. So I changed Zoneminder to store files directly to my dropbox folder. Zoneminder runs as user "www-data" and can only store my Dropbox folder if I change ownership to that user...but then dropbox only synchronises files if ownership is with me. Is there any way round this, e.g. can the owner of the Dropbox process be changed from me to Zoneminder www-data? Any thoughts welcomed

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Re: Dropbox Ubuntu 18.04 headless server change userID?


Hey @Tractor555

Thanks for posting this question. 

I don't know if a third party app could do this for you. I hope other users can jump in with a workaround. At the time Dropbox can't connect and sync permissions or anything else with Zoneminder. 

Also please note that there is a change with the symlinks behavior in Dropbox. You can read about this here

I am sorry I don't have a workaround on our end to offer. 

I would be glad to answer any further questions you might have. 

Thank you! 


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Re: Dropbox Ubuntu 18.04 headless server change userID?

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I have solved the problem using lsyncd which can mirror and change owenership.

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