Installing Dropbox on your EC2 machine

IMPORTANT: Dropbox will sync everything you have to your EC2 machine, so if you are already using Dropbox for a lot of stuff, you might want to create a separate Dropbox account just for the course.

Start at the login prompt on your EC2 machine:

sudo bash
cd /root

Then, grab the latest dropbox installation package for Linux:

wget -O dropbox.tar.gz ""

Unpack it:

tar -xvzf dropbox.tar.gz

Make the Dropbox directory on /mnt and link it in:

mkdir /mnt/Dropbox
ln -fs /mnt/Dropbox /root

and then run it, configuring it to put stuff in /mnt:

HOME=/mnt /root/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &

When you get a message saying “this client is not linked to any account”, copy/paste the URL into browser and go log in. Voila!

Your directory ‘/root/Dropbox’, or, equivalently, ‘/mnt/Dropbox’, is now linked to your Dropbox account!

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