Installing Dropbox on Arch Linux
When installing Dropbox on Arch Linux, there are a few extra steps that can make life simpler, these are detailed below.
Dropbox can be installed from the AUR (see Installing_AUR_Packages).
Please see the Arch Wiki for full details. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dropbox
Install Dropbox from AUR
cd ~/builds curl -L -O https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/dropbox.tar.gz tar -xvf dropbox.tar.gz cd dropbox
Check files manually to check integrity
Consider raising the fs.max_user_notify setting in /etc/sysctl.config e.g. from 100000 to 1000000
In addition is may be beneficial to prevent Dropbox from updating automatically. This auto-update capability downloads a new binary to the ~/.dropbox-dist/ folder. The service then attempts to hand over control to this binary and dies, causing systemd to re-start the service, generating a conflict and an endless loop of log-filling.
A workaround is to prevent Dropbox from downloading the automatic update by creating the ~/.dropbox-dist/ folder and making it read-only e.g.
$ rm -rf ~/.dropbox-dist $ install -dm0 ~/.dropbox-dist