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why and how to fix: ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd returns KILLED, `~/dropbox.py start` stops running within seconds

followed this tutorial which worked until the end where Dropbox just wouldn’t stay on

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Usually Killed signal is when it runs out of memory. You can verify that by checking syslog files. It is located at /var/log/syslog which you can open with favorite text editor:

  1. nano /var/log/syslog

In this file, search for Out Of Memory killer warnings/errors. If you find any for it, that means your Droplet doesn’t have enough RAM memory to run it.

To fix it you can upgrade your Droplet or add swap as a free variant.