Can not change the directory for Dropbox

Hi to all the helpers!

I’m having some trouble with Dropbox. I’m using Ornara 21.0.2 with xfce.
The problem:
I would like to move my Dropbox directory to another location. The other location is an encrypted hard drive. But Dropbox does not show the mounted hard drive so I can’t move to location to it.
With the older version of Manjaro I didn’t have this problem.
Google helped me so far that I should create a permanent mounting point for the encrypted drive so I did exactly that. Sadly Dropbox still does not show me the hard drive even though it is visible to me in the File System directory as a “Folder”.

Not sure what I should do now. Thanks for your help!

According to the Dropbox documentation you cannot.

There was a big kerfuffle back in 2018 when Dropbox dropped support for encrypted file systems. DDG that.

You probably had an older version of Dropbox installed that still had this functionality.


Thanks for the reply! seems a bit strange to me, since I used AUR as well so it should have been a newer one and my home partition is encrypted as well and it works on home.

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I dropped Dropbox (pun intended :grin: ) back in 2018 when they stopped supporting encrypted FS and encrypted files so unless someone else comes up with a better answer, it’s my humble opinion that what you’re seeing is a side effect of Dropbox’s decision not to support encrypted FSs.


This what I found from Dropbox. So, since I’m using an LUKS encrypted hard drive and ext4 it should still work, as far as I can make out…

The Dropbox folder will need to be on an ext4-formatted hard drive or partition with extended attributes not disabled. [ecryptfs is not supported, but Dropbox will continue to sync with supported file systems that are encrypted via full disk encryption (e.g. LUKS)]

I maybe out of date with the Dropbox service - so bear with me on the thought - if you care so much as to use encrypted storage on your system - then why would you store the same files with an unencrypted cloud provider?

If you want to sync encrypted files - have you considered creating containers - then sync the container.

Another option is to use a cloud provider which provides end-to-end encryption.

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If it used to work it maybe worth trying the flatpak version of Dropbox instead of the aur, see if there’s any dependencies missing or anything. I remember with clementine only the snap version could connect to my gdrive account all other versions won’t so worth a try

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