A fix for recent Dropbox problems

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As some of you have noticed the latest versions of the Dropbox daemon refused to run on the ReadyNAS (and on many other Linux based platforms). The reason for this was a logical fault within the Dropbox daemon and it’s supporting tools that couldn’t be fixed from the outside. If you’re interested the details are available in a thread on the Dropbox forums. By now a fixed version is available in the form of Dropbox daemon version 11.3.18. I verified that this version fixes the problem on x86 ReadyNAS systems running RAIDiator 4.2.x and newer models running ReadyNAS OS 6. Unfortunately this version still isn’t listed in the official or beta channels and thus isn’t shown as installable on the Dropbox app’s main screen. However, you can install that version manually and here’s how:

ReadyNAS with ReadyNAS OS 6 (x86)

  1. If you haven’t done so already, enable SSH access to your ReadyNAS
  2. Login to the command line of your ReadyNAS as “root@ip.of.your.nas” and the password you use for the web interface of your ReadyNAS
  3. On the command line run “/apps/dropboxmanager/bin/install_dbx.sh 11.3.18” (without the quotes)
  4. Wait until the command finishes and verify that Dropbox is on version 11.3.18 in the add-on’s web interface

ReadyNAS with RAIDiator 4 (x86)

  1. Enable SSH access to your ReadyNAS using the Enable Root SSH Access add-on
  2. Login to the command line of your ReadyNAS as “root@ip.of.your.nas” and the password you use for the web interface of your ReadyNAS
  3. On the command line run “/usr/share/dropbox/dropbox_up 11.3.18” (without the quotes)
  4. Wait until the command finishes and verify that Dropbox is on version 11.3.18 in the “Installed Add-Ons” overview