How to stop / start dropbox in the Apple Terminal?
dropbox stop works when using Oracle Linux, but not within Mac OS 10.6.8.
Contrary to Linux, the main Dropbox functionality is in Dropbox.app itself. You wouldn't want to kill the background daemon (
dbfseventsd), which does not have a command-line interface. So, it's not the same as in Linux.
The safest way to quit Dropbox is to run the following:
osascript -e 'tell application "Dropbox" to quit'
You can start it again by calling:
open -a "Dropbox"
When the DropBox menu icon hangs and shows the rainbow wheel/spinning wheel then the below command will kill Dropbox:
Then you can start it with
open -a "DropBox" like https://superuser.com/users/48078/slhck mentioned.
This is the alias I have defined for restarting Dropbox:
alias restartDropBox="osascript -e 'tell application \"Dropbox\" to quit';killall Dropbox;open -a \"Dropbox\""
\to escape some double quotes
&&as the first and second might fail)
NB: The 300% enlarged spinning wheel is from WikiMedia.