Not working DropBox tray icon/indicator on XUbuntu.. finally solved for me

by Etienne38   Last Updated February 13, 2018 14:02 PM

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I am searching for a solution for this DropBox icon on XUbuntu for many mounts/years. None of the tested solutions worked. No icon, but also no menu linked to it, it's a quite annoying problem.

I had the problem on several machines, with several versions of XUbuntu.



Answers 1


I fact, this solution, found in many places, was nearly the good one, but didn't worked for me... till I have the idea to make a very small modification : put something inside the quote, like "DROPBOX" ! (in fact, any text could certainly be ok).

  1. open /usr/bin/dropbox in an text editor (using sudo). For example on XUbuntu :

    sudo mousepad /usr/bin/dropbox

  2. after the line import os, add this line :

    os.environ['DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS'] = "DROPBOX"

  3. save, then restart DropBox, or log out/in.

As far as I understand it, this prevents DropBox to find the system notification area, where it doesn't work, and forces it to directly use the main panel, where it works.

Etienne38
Etienne38
February 13, 2018 13:56 PM

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