DropBox Auto-Installs, How To Preclude

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  1. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    In the main, I am a satisfied DropBox user. But lately, I’ve noticed that DB auto-installed the updates. And I prefer to preview updates before they are installed.

    Is there a way to preclude DB from auto-installing the updates?

    TIA
     
  2. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    The short answer is no. The auto updates are part of the app and can't be turned off. You can read more about it on their site.

    That being said, I'm not sure what would happen if you used an app like LittleSnitch to block access to the update server. I know it's a different server address than the sync server the app normally does to retrieve your files.
     
  3. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    if its a different serer address. then little snitch would work i'd imagine as it would be another "connection" attempt
     
  4. MacGizmo macrumors 65816

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    I already know LittleSnitch will work to block the connection. That's a given. What we don't know is if Dropbox will continue to function properly if it isn't allowed to connect to that update server.
     
  5. Pndrgnsvc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    FWIW, I blocked 2 LS>DB connections and sometime later I noticed that the DB menubar icon was greyed out. Upon (re)enabling the DB connections via LS, all returned to normal.

    Little Snitch indicates I have 7 DB connections, so maybe I chose the wrong one(s).

    If anyone knows which connection to block, I hope they will post it.
     
  6. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a

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    Anywhere in the system that Dropbox usually saves it updates/installers to and Write Protect the folder - just an idea. Worked with Google Chrome one time. I don't know if it does any more with Google Chrome or even with Dropbox.

    I do think that your Console application will fill up with Dropbox errors so just take note of that. Probably only one or two notifications or entries in the Console for each Dropbox launch or connection to Dropbox update server - who knows for sure.
     
  7. AndyK macrumors 65816

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    Not quite sure what you're hoping to preview. Spoilers: it became this about a year ago.

     

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