Using Dropbox on Slackware

This guide will show you how to install Droxbox on a system that doesn’t have Nautilus installed. This is especially useful to people who use Slackware, because GNOME is not installed by default. You still need a file manager though, so in this example, we’ll use Thunar.

In order to get Dropbox to work, we have to trick Dropbox into thinking that Nautilus is already installed. The easiest way to accomplish this, is by creating a script in /usr/bin called nautilus, which basically is a link to Thunar. To get started, download a precompiled binary from I used a binary compiled for Fedora 10 called nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm.

$ wget

What we now are going to do is to run rpm2tgz on this package so that we can explode the package using explodepkg. We do so because we want to create a slackware-package, where we also include our little workaround. First, log in as root.

$ su -
$ mkdir /tmp/dropbox
$ mv nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm /tmp/dropbox
$ rpm2tgz nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm
$ explodepkg nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.tgz

Now, go to /tmp/dropbox/usr/bin, fire up your favorite text-editor and write the following:

thunar $@
exit 0

When you’re done, save the file as “nautilus”. Now, go back to /tmp/dropbox, create a folder called install, touch a file called “slack-desc” and run makepkg to create a slackware-package.

$ mkdir install
$ touch install/slack-desc
$ makepkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz

The only thing that has to be done now, is to install the package.

$ installpkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz