Dropbox Can’t Sync… Permission Denied
After a reboot, Dropbox on one of my Macs wasn’t playing very nice. From time to time, permission issues do crop up, but they’re usually due to storing your Dropbox on a file share or a non-native file system (e.g. FAT32) and my home directory is neither of those. This used to be a convoluted process that involved a trip to the command line, but it looks like the Dropbox team has added some hidden functionality to make this a breeze.
The Old Way
Run the following commands from a terminal window:
- sudo chown -R $USER ~/Dropbox
- sudo chmod -R u+rw ~/Dropbox
- sudo chown -R $USER ~/.dropbox
- sudo chmod -R u+rw ~/.dropbox
The New Way
Open the Preferences pane for Dropbox and:
- Click the Account tab.
- Hold down the Option key and the Unlink This Computer… button will become a Fix Permissions button.
- Click the Fix Permissions button and quit Dropbox.
- Restart Dropbox.