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I presume that (a) it's possible and (b) it's been done before, but I can't seem to quite get it right. I followed the Install Dropbox via command line instructions at but I always get the error:

-bash-3.2$ .dropbox-dist/dropboxd

Couldn't start Dropbox This is usually because of a permissions error. Errors can also be caused by your home folder being stored on a network share. Get more help at

The problem with permissions with Plesk systems is that the user folders are not writeable by the (domain) user (yeah, you read that right), but the httpdocs is. Interestingly, when I ran this as root, just to test, it worked fine. It created the .dropbox file and Dropbox folder and the files started syncing from my account. I thought I'd get away with chowning those to the domain user that would be using dropbox but I still get the exact same error. As far as I can make out it's not using any other files.

As another test, I set up a test domain and chown'd everything in there from root:psaserv to domainuser:psacln, but again it wouldn't work like that either.

I'm on Centos 5.6 with Plesk 10.4

Any ideas?

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did you find the answer? – Dilip Rajkumar Sep 17 '12 at 9:18
Kinda, yeah: Bit of a noob guide there – Leonard Challis Sep 17 '12 at 10:22
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A possible solution that worked for me:

I'm not saying it's the only/best one, however it's better to not leave a question unanswered I guess.

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THanks.. I hope it will help many ppl.. +1 – Dilip Rajkumar Sep 25 '12 at 12:29

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