Dropbox won’t start due to permissions28/08/2011
The other day I tried to restart my (console only) dropbox on my Ubuntu server. Suddenly -and without having changed anything in my installation- Dropbox refused to start reporting an issue with permissions.
In fact I got this message:
Couldn’t start Dropbox
This is usually because of a permissions error. Errors can also be caused by your home folder being stored on a network share.
I tried lots of proposed solutions following the Dropbox forums (fixing permissions, deleting the .dropbox folder, reinstalling dropbox, installing a newer version) I had no luck.
What worked finally was:
export LANGUAGE=en dropbox stop dropbox start