I use Dropbox to sync, among other things, many of my application and profile settings (.bashrc files for example or Sublime Text preferences). I wanted to synchronize these same files with my Debian server even though it does not have a graphical interface installed. Good news, it’s possible. Yes, Dropbox rocks !

How to

  1. Download the Dropbox package (select the right download : 32 or 64 bits). In my case, it was 64bits, so I ran
    wget -O dropbox.tar.gz "http://www.dropbox.com/download/?plat=lnx.x86_64"
  2. Extract the package
    tar -xvzf dropbox.tar.gz
  3. Run dropbox
  4. Now, it gets funny, you need to go through the login and authorization process of your new client. Leave this shell open and running, it should display : This client is not linked to any account… Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/cli_link?host_id=7d44a557aa58f285f2da0x67334d02c1 to link this machine.
  5. Open another shell
  6. Using linx, browse to the URL given in the message above
  7. Enter your login and password in the fields and submit
  8. On the next page, scroll a little bit and re-confirm your password
  9. That’s it, your client is connected and will synchronize.
  10. A dropbox folder will be cerated in /home/
  11. Now, you migh want your dropbox client to start automatically… you will need to download this file into /etc/init.d/dropbox.
  12. Edit the third line of the script to enter your linux username
  13. Start the service with /etc/init.d/dropbox

That should be it. Great work by the Dropbox team to even consider a solution for windowless setups.

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