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    When I click on the dropbox icon on the taskbar, and then click on "open dropbox folder", synaptic asks me for my password in order to open itself. It used to work correctly, but I must have messed it up somehow while trying to install an rpm file with the terminal. Is this fixable, or do I have to reinstall?
    thank you

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    What happens if you launch synaptic from the applications menu? Or if you type synaptic from the terminal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7 View Post
    What happens if you launch synaptic from the applications menu? Or if you type synaptic from the terminal?
    Synaptic works fine.
    The dropbox icon to the lower left isn't working anymore. When its menu opens and I click on open dropbox folder, synaptic opens instead. There are no "properties" available anywhere on this dropbox icons list to adjust the target of the shortcut. Where can I find it?
    Thanks

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    which taskbar (i guess you mean a panel, really) are you using?
    is that a launcher for dropbox?

    we need to find out what it is and what it does.
    if you can get hold of the config file (for the panel), that would be brilliant.

    my guess is that either the launcher somehow got misconfigured, or mimetypes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nihili View Post
    which taskbar (i guess you mean a panel, really) are you using?
    is that a launcher for dropbox?

    we need to find out what it is and what it does.
    if you can get hold of the config file (for the panel), that would be brilliant.

    my guess is that either the launcher somehow got misconfigured, or mimetypes.
    Screenshot at 2016-09-16 13-08-17.png

    Here's a screenshot.
    When I click on the link to open the dropbox folder, synaptic wants to open.
    How do I find the config file?
    Thanks

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    What happens when you click on "Preferences"?
    What happens when you type "dropbox start -i" in a terminal or a run box?
    Look in your home folder. You will want to "Show hidden files".
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillelana View Post
    Screenshot at 2016-09-16 13-08-17.png

    Here's a screenshot.
    When I click on the link to open the dropbox folder, synaptic wants to open.
    How do I find the config file?
    Thanks
    thanks for the screenshot.
    so it happens after you click the dropbox icon itself, when you click the "Open Dropbox Folder".
    what happens if you give the root password and synaptic opens?
    i don't know the dropbox app, maybe it really needs to install something?
    but this is unlikely (esp. since synaptic is not used to install single packages, that would rather be gdebi).

    can you reproduce the problematic behavior in some other way? (*)
    can you use dropbox normally (e.g. by choosing it from the menu)?

    (*) try this:
    open your file manager, and right-click on a folder - does it say "Open with synaptic" or something like that?

    edit:
    since when do you see this behavior? ever since installation? or has something changed immediately before this started happening?
    please tell us everything.
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    I've looked through preferences and couldn't find anything relevant.
    That command restarts dropbox.
    I did a complete uninstall and reinstall of dropbox and it still happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nihili View Post
    thanks for the screenshot.
    so it happens after you click the dropbox icon itself, when you click the "Open Dropbox Folder".
    what happens if you give the root password and synaptic opens?
    i don't know the dropbox app, maybe it really needs to install something?
    but this is unlikely (esp. since synaptic is not used to install single packages, that would rather be gdebi).

    can you reproduce the problematic behavior in some other way? (*)
    can you use dropbox normally (e.g. by choosing it from the menu)?

    (*) try this:
    open your file manager, and right-click on a folder - does it say "Open with synaptic" or something like that?

    edit:
    since when do you see this behavior? ever since installation? or has something changed immediately before this started happening?
    please tell us everything.
    synaptic opens like regular.
    files open regularly
    It's been happening since I messed with the terminal trying to install an rpm to update libreoffice to the latest edition that's not in synaptic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillelana View Post
    It's been happening since I messed with the terminal trying to install an rpm to update libreoffice to the latest edition that's not in synaptic.
    thank you for your honesty.
    given your level of expertise, i would suggest a reinstall.

    in the future, be MUCH MORE CAREFUL with installing apps.
    the usual way of software installation on linux is THROUGH PACKET MANAGEMENT, and not through the wild wild web.

    incidentally, that would have been your synaptic application.

    you must remember that on linux, YOU are responsible.
    YOU have been given the keys to the car. YOU are in the driver seat, and not some big company. take care not to crash it.

    if you still have problems with libreoffice after a reinstall, open a new thread for that.
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