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    Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Hi, I have been using Dropbox in my Ubuntu boxes for many time without problem but I installed Ubuntu 13.10 64bits in this box a month ago and after that I turned into Gnome (which I always do) and when I tried to install Dropbox from the Software Center it got stuck at certain point and it never finished the installation, so I looked for other ways to install it and found this page: https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx with the following instructions:

    64-bit:
    cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf - Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

    ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

    I believe that I made a mistake because I am too used to always execute commands in Terminal as a su (superuser) so I prefixed both commands with the "su" word and got Dropbox working but it is not syncing and also every time that I log in to Ubuntu it gives me the following message:

    Authentication Required
    Authentication is needed to run usr/bin/dropbox

    So I have a working Dropbox that I can't use!

    I already wasted hours looking for a solution in this forum as well as on Dropbox forum and in general on Google and out of the few ideas that I found nothing appears to work.

    Any help is going to be immensely appreciated.

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Ubuntu 13.10 has reached end of life and no longer supported. 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 are the currently supported versions.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

    I believe the software center installs nautilus-dropbox. Be sure it is removed so not to cause conflict.

    I would remove dropbox (~/.dropbox and -dist) then upgrade to 14.04 and install dropbox (using the dropbox site and not the software center).
    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...ch&cof=FORID:9

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Ubuntu 13.10 has reached end of life and no longer supported. 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 are the currently supported versions.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

    I believe the software center installs nautilus-dropbox. Be sure it is removed so not to cause conflict.

    I would remove dropbox (~/.dropbox and -dist) then upgrade to 14.04 and install dropbox (using the dropbox site and not the software center).
    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...ch&cof=FORID:9

    Thank you very much ibjsb4 for your response, but I already tried 14.04 and went back to 13.10 because I need to be able to configure my keyboard in Spanish and although I was able to do it in 14.04, however the keys for the accent were located over the key [ instead of the key " which is the one that I have been using for years, so I was not able to do the transition and went back.

    Is there a way to configure the keyboard in Spanish in 14.04 to make the accent to be located in the " key?

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Is there a way to configure the keyboard in Spanish in 14.04 to make the accent to be located in the " key?
    I only use english here, so I don't know. It would be better to start a thread on the subject.

    I understand why your using 13.10, but its really necessary to run something that is supported. Your not even getting security updates with 13.10. Maybe you could revert back to 12.04; it is supported till 2017.

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    OK, I am going to start a thread on the subject as you suggested. Also thank you for the link to Googl Ubuntu, I didn't know about it. Here it is for those interested in looking at google and getting only results related to Ubuntu:

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/

    Thank you very much ibjsb4 for your valuable help, I appreciate it!

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Ubuntu 13.10 has reached end of life and no longer supported. 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 are the currently supported versions.
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

    I believe the software center installs nautilus-dropbox. Be sure it is removed so not to cause conflict.

    I would remove dropbox (~/.dropbox and -dist) then upgrade to 14.04 and install dropbox (using the dropbox site and not the software center).
    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...ch&cof=FORID:9
    Thanks this helped. I am running on Unbutu 14.04, so instead, I simply purged dropbox and nautilus-dropbox.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get -y purge nautilus-dropbox* dropbox*
    Then I installed from the dropbox site and it is working fine now.

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    Re: Dropbox asking for authentication to run usr/bin/dropbox as the superuser

    Solved? I had this problem today i.e. being asked to give dropbox superuser privileges. After discovering and trying a couple of other options that didn't work, I tried something else. I simply uninstalled and reinstalled dropbox from the Ubuntu Software Centre. Program now works fine and doesn't request supersuser privileges. And this process didn't necessitate a reloading of the files stored in the dropbox directory. HTH!

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