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Permission Error - Can't start Dropbox

New member | Level 2

I'm trying to install Dropbox on my Mac desktop and I keep getting a permissions error that won't let me open the application. My computer was previously owned by my mother and I thought I had switched over everything to my name but Dropbox permissions keep showing up as her name no matter how many times I uninstall and redownload. I've tried a few solutions mentioned on this forum, like updating ownership permissions on my home but have had no luck so far. I've just started a new job and need to get set up on my dropbox account ASAP so I'm a little desperate. Thanks for your help in advance! 

 

bn.BUILD_KEY: Dropbox
bn.VERSION: 90.4.307
bn.DROPBOXEXT_VERSION: failed
bn.is_frozen: True
machine_id: 1977d610-9136-555f-aeb8-f5d02831b2da
pid: 11692
ppid: 1
uid: 501
user_info: pwd.struct_passwd(pw_name='JordanLingreen', pw_passwd='********', pw_uid=501, pw_gid=20, pw_gecos='Jordan Lingreen', pw_dir='/Users/JordanLingreen', pw_shell='/bin/bash')
effective_user_info: pwd.struct_passwd(pw_name='JordanLingreen', pw_passwd='********', pw_uid=501, pw_gid=20, pw_gecos='Jordan Lingreen', pw_dir='/Users/JordanLingreen', pw_shell='/bin/bash')
euid: 501
gid: 20
egid: 20
group_info: grp.struct_group(gr_name='staff', gr_passwd='*', gr_gid=20, gr_mem=['root', 'JordanLingreen', 'guest1', 'Guest2'])
effective_group_info: grp.struct_group(gr_name='staff', gr_passwd='*', gr_gid=20, gr_mem=['root', 'JordanLingreen', 'guest1', 'Guest2'])
DYLD_LIBRARY_PATH: None
cwd: '/'
real_path='/'
mode=0o40755 uid=0 gid=80
parent mode=0o40755 uid=0 gid=80
HOME: '/Users/JordanLingreen'
appdata: '/Users/karenlingreen/.dropbox/instance1'
real_path='/Users/karenlingreen/.dropbox/instance1'
not found
parent not found
dropbox_path: '/Users/karenlingreen/Dropbox'
real_path='/Users/karenlingreen/Dropbox'
not found
parent not found
sys_executable: '/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox'
real_path='/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox'
mode=0o100755 uid=501 gid=20
parent mode=0o40755 uid=501 gid=20
trace.__file__: '/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/python-packages.zip/dropbox/client/ui/common/boot_error.pyc'
real_path='/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/python-packages.zip/dropbox/client/ui/common/boot_error.pyc'
not found
parent not found
tempdir: '/var/folders/r7/rrnwssp92577tbmgyb202xjh0000gn/T'
real_path='/private/var/folders/r7/rrnwssp92577tbmgyb202xjh0000gn/T'
mode=0o40700 uid=501 gid=20
parent mode=0o40755 uid=501 gid=20
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "dropbox/client/main.pyc", line 1300, in safe_makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 211, in makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 211, in makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 221, in makedirs
PermissionError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/Users/karenlingreen'

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "dropbox/client/main.pyc", line 7999, in main_startup
File "dropbox/client/main.pyc", line 3251, in run
File "dropbox/client/main.pyc", line 1748, in startup_low
File "dropbox/client/main.pyc", line 1327, in safe_makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 211, in makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 211, in makedirs
File "os.pyc", line 221, in makedirs
PermissionError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/Users/karenlingreen'

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Re: Permission Error - Can't start Dropbox

Dropboxer

Hey @jlingreen, thanks for checking in with us! I'd be more than happy to help. 

Let's try resolving this by following the steps below - don't worry, this won't affect or remove the files in your Dropbox folder, but please make a note of any selective sync settings you have. 

  1. Save and quit all programs accessing files in the Dropbox folder. 
  2. Copy and paste the following line into the Terminal as it is (as getting it wrong could cause some harm) and press entersudo mv ~/.dropbox ~/.Trash/dropbox.old
  3. You'll be prompted for your computer's admin password (not your Dropbox one) after entering the first command - type it in and press enter. You'll know that you're done with the instructions normally once the initial line of text (called prompt) pops up again.
  4. Restart the Dropbox desktop app from the Application folder, sign in and apply any selective sync settings you may have had prior to this reset during the sign in process.

Your account may take a few moments to reindex the files and sync any pending changes, so please give it some time. 

Let me know how it goes!


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Re: Permission Error - Can't start Dropbox

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That worked! Thank you! 

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Re: Permission Error - Can't start Dropbox

Dropboxer

Happy to help, @jlingreen! If anything else comes up in the future, just give me a shout.

In the meantime, have a lovely day ahead! grinning face with smiling eyes


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