How to Install Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)

Here’s a quick tutorial that shows you how to install Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.10 if you don’t already know.

If you don’t ready know, Dropbox is an online storage service that lets you store and share content (Documents, Images, and other data). You’re given a free limited storage space, but can upgrade anytime for a fee.

If you want to install Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.10, then continue below to learn how.

Objectives:

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  • Install Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.10
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, copy and paste the line below to add its repository key.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 5044912E

 

dropbox

 

Next, add its repository by copying and pasting the commands below. At the time of this writing, Ubuntu 12.10 repository for Dropbox wasn’t available. So we’re going to be using Precise repository for this.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu precise main"

 

dropbox_quantal

 

Finally, run the commands below to update your system and install Dropbox.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

 

dropbox_quantal_1

 

When prompted with the screen below, click ‘Next’

 

 

Then click ‘Start Dropbox’ to continue.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

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3 thoughts on “How to Install Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)”

  1. The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    nautilus-dropbox : Depends: dropbox but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

  2. Rather than install ‘nautilus-dropbox’, you should instead be recommending to install ‘dropbox’.

    * nautilus-dropbox gives:
    “Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies.
    nautilus-dropbox : Depends: dropbox but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.”

    * dropbox:
    “Description: cloud synchronization engine – CLI and Nautilus extension
    This package provides a command-line tool and a Nautilus extension that
    integrates the Dropbox web service with your GNOME Desktop.”

  3. 0k, here’s what you *really* have to do in order to get the same result as when using add-apt-repository (this is for default Xubuntu 12.10, hence the names of programs):

    1) in Terminal Emulator: gksu thunar
    2) navigate to File System > etc > apt > sources.list.d
    3) instead of doing the above, you can type: gksu leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list.d/linux-dropbox-com-quantal.list
    4) if you haven’t already, make a new file linux-dropbox-com-quantal.list and right-click open it with Leafpad
    5) write from the above article: deb http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu quantal main
    6) add if you think you will need it (or just skip this step): deb-src http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu quantal main
    7) add the key: sudo apt-key adv –keyserver pgp.mit.edu –recv-keys 5044912E
    8) final step, but read 9 first: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
    9) if you use Synaptic, or you can see from the Software Center, nautilus-dropbox is a transitional package; so you can select install nautilus-dropbox from Synaptic and then you will get the *real* dropbox in the list, once it informs you that nautilus-dropbox won’t be installed; or just figure out how you wanna do it..:)

    0) simple way to do all of the above @ ubuntuupdates.org/ppa/dropbox

    PS.
    Hope I didn’t scr3w anything up, typing out this largely unnecessary essay. =)

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