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I'm using a headless Ubuntu Server 12 vm on Amazon ec2. I'm trying to set up Dropbox by following these instructions. Everything was going fine until I got to this line:

ubuntu@domU-12-31-39-02-1D-34:~$ sudo service dropbox {start|stop|reload|force-reload|restart|status}
stop: missing job name
Try `stop --help' for more information.
reload: missing job name
Try `reload --help' for more information.
restart: missing job name
Try `restart --help' for more information.
/etc/init.d/dropbox: 2: /etc/init.d/dropbox: pbox: not found
No command 'status}' found, did you mean:
 Command 'status' from package 'upstart' (main)
status}: command not found
force-reload: command not found
ubuntu@domU-12-31-39-02-1D-34:~$ sudo service dropbox status
/etc/init.d/dropbox: 2: /etc/init.d/dropbox: pbox: not found
dropboxd for USER ubuntu: running (pid 641)

The service dropbox {start ...} command continued to give this error message after I rebooted. From the tutorial, it looks like I should be getting something like:

user@bluepill-server:/etc/init.d$ sudo service dropbox status
[sudo] password for user:
dropboxd for USER user: running (pid 2215)

What could I be doing wrong?

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This isn't a command:

sudo service dropbox {start|stop|reload|force-reload|restart|status}

It is just showing you the usage for the service commmand. To start dropbox, use only the start parameter:

 sudo service dropbox start

When ever you see a list seperated by pipe | enclosed in curly brackets {} it means that these are the parameters you can use in conjunction with the command. start starts the service, stop stops it, restart, reload and force-reload all stop and start the service in this case. status shows the running status.

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