I'd like to have DropBox running under multiple user accounts on a Mac, even after a reboot. The Mac auto logs in as one user, not me. How to best achieve this?

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You'll have to configure Dropbox identically for all users, at least to the extent of "start at login", and "save password/login information". But if you configure it for all the system users, it should work identically no matter who logs in.

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    I realize that auto login might be disabled at some point. Would this method work then?
    – user588
    Dec 13, 2010 at 16:22
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    No. Without a logged user, you cannot coerce Dropbox to work with it's current design. Period. Dec 13, 2010 at 19:40
  • Why not? You can do it under Linux.
    – Michael
    Sep 16, 2013 at 16:22
  • Mac isn't Linux Sep 17, 2013 at 0:49

Create a script and it in /Library/StartupItems? You may also be able to simply drop an alias in that folder.

  • Any advice what might be in that script?
    – user588
    Dec 13, 2010 at 16:23
  • I think it can be a simple script (make sure to chmod +x it), with a one-liner that runs DropBox. I'm really not sure, but I would try 'open /Applications/Dropbox.app/' or what have you.
    – Harv
    Dec 13, 2010 at 16:25
  • This won't work because it will present the login screen for the app if it's not already configured/saved permanently. If, per my answer, you configure/save it for everyone, then it will work (but at that point, it will likely be logging in automatically anyways). Dec 13, 2010 at 19:40

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