Dropbox on DreamHost Shared Server

Hi there,

I’ve been attempting to install the headless Dropbox client (https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx) on my shared server, and I continue to run into some sort of permissions error. And I can’t seem to figure out where I’m going wrong. I’ve had it set up and working before, so I’m pretty sure I’m attempting to do something that is possible.

Once I install and initiate Dropbox, I receive this error message: Couldn’t start Dropbox. This is usually because of a permissions error.

And digging into the error log, there is this: IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: ‘/proc/vmstat’

I have been unable to find anything on the web. I can’t believe I’m the only person to ever have tried installing Dropbox on DreamHost. There must be some people out there who have done this successfully. Thanks


I’m pretty sure you can’t run that kind of thing under shared hosting. https://www.dreamhost.com/legal/acceptable-use-policy/ at the bottom it says no daemons

Hmmm. Yes, that does seem to be the case. Well, I guess I’ve outgrown DreamHost shared hosting. Time to move on. Thanks.

Yeah, you won’t be able to install dropbox in anything but a server where you have root access, I believe. What do you need Dropbox on a remote server for? Have you considered installing an alternative like nextCloud/ownCloud? Once connected to DreamObjects, nextCloud becomes quite a good substitute.

I have installed OwnCloud on a VPS and can confirm: it works pretty well. Plus, you still own your data.

I hadn’t heard of a headless Dropbox client, but I guess it’s like any other Dropbox client: It keeps a local copy of your files (on your Linux machine).

I also use ownCloud on VPS. While it’s a tempting substitution for Dropbox, I have a terabyte account on Dropbox for personal use.