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Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

An_Laoch
New member | Level 2

After upgrade from Linux Mint 19.0 "Sarah" to Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa" the Dropbox icon no longer shows on the Cinnamon desktop panel . To fix this problem I carried out the following steps.

1)  Stop all Dropbox elements running

$ sudo killall dropbox
$ ps -ef | grep dropbox
dobriain 9487 1785 0 10:20 pts/2 00:00:00 grep --color=auto dropbox

Dropbox is no longer running.

2)  Start using the dbus-launch

This will launch a session bus instance, set the appropriate environment variables so dropbox can find the bus, and then execute dropbox with the start argument.

$ dbus-launch dropbox start &
[1] 9741
$ ps -ef | grep dropbox
dobriain  9642     1 93 10:24 ?        00:00:49 /home/dobriain/.dropbox-dist/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-63.4.107/dropbox
dobriain  9767  1785  0 10:25 pts/2    00:00:00 grep --color=auto dropbox

3)  Disable Dropbox startup preference

Click on the dropbox icon that appeared on the desktop panel. Select "Preferences ..." and under "System" uncheck the box "Start Dropbox on system startup".

4)  Create system startup for Dropbox

Now run the following command to create a Linux Mint autostart. 

$ cat <<EOM >> ~/.config/autostart/dropbox_launch.desktop
[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=/usr/bin/dbus-launch dropbox start
X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true
NoDisplay=false
Hidden=false
Name[en_GB]="Dropbox launch"
Comment[en_GB]="Launcher for Dropbox"
X-GNOME-Autostart-Delay=0
EOM

This creates a file in your home autostart directory and after reboot Dropbox will start automatically.

Happy days!!

 

 

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Re: Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

PabloBoull
Helpful | Level 5

Thank you, Walter, for your kind answer!

I guess I made a mess somewhere, so I installed everything again, from scratch (including OS Mint 19.1 itself on my Mac) and everything is fine now.

Regards.

 

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Re: Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

Walter
Dropboxer

Thanks for the tips @An_Laoch - most appreciated!

Happy New Year to you and your family too.

Cheers!


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Re: Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

PabloBoull
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It did not work for me. After steps 1 and 2, I never got an indicator con my desktop panel. I did step 4 and restarted, to no avail. I already put on suppert for indicators on my system preferences.

Is there another way of selecting which folders to sync? Im running out of space on my macbook.

 

Mint 19.1 fresh install. Thank you for your advice!

Re: Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

Walter
Dropboxer

Sorry to hear that @PabloBoull - even though Mint is not officially supported, I'm going to take a guess here and imagine that this is caused due to some missing libraries; have you made sure you're meeting all of our minimum requirements as per the page below?

https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/system-requirements


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Re: Desktop icon not appearing in Cinnamon on Linux Mint 19.1

PabloBoull
Helpful | Level 5

Thank you, Walter, for your kind answer!

I guess I made a mess somewhere, so I installed everything again, from scratch (including OS Mint 19.1 itself on my Mac) and everything is fine now.

Regards.

 

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