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I'm having a rather strange problem with Dropbox that started a few weeks ago.

Dropbox will stop syncing with the message "Can't access Dropbox folder", and refuse to sync until I reboot.

I've tried restarting Dropbox and logging out, but nothing I seem to do will allow it to sync again short of a reboot.

This is not a permissions problem, as the permissions don't change when I suddenly lose access.

I've checked lsof for anything related to dropbox that might still be hanging on when I stop it. As far as I can tell nothing else other than Dropbox is accessing it's folders when this happens.

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if you put these in /etc/sysctl.conf:

fs.inotify.max_user_watches = 1048576
fs.inotify.max_user_instances = 256

it will fix the issue. You may have to run sudo sysctl -p for these settings to take effect.

Alternatively, if you are not interested in making these settings permanent, you may try the following commands...

sudo sysctl fs.inotify.max_user_instances=256
sudo sysctl fs.inotify.max_user_watches=1048576

In this case the settings will be lost after a reboot.

The problem is that the system has run out of inotify instances. You can check your syslog (e.g. by using tail -f /var/log/syslog) and if you see...

tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to polling: Too many open file

then you know this is your issue. For me it was nepomuk.

[#33023] Sunday, June 13, 2021, 2 Years  [reply] [flag answer]
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