I really didn’t like the way other people explained setting up multiple dropboxen on a mac, which involved creating multiple directories and files, incliuding, of all things, faux app bundles. This bugged me, so I made a new launchd.plist and drive it all from that one config file.
First, create a file in
~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.dropbox.alt.plist with the following contents, updating the USERNAME for your username.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Label</key> <string>com.dropbox.alt</string> <key>LowPriorityIO</key> <true/> <key>EnvironmentVariables</key> <dict> <key>HOME</key> <string>/Users/USERNAME/.dropbox-alt</string> </dict> <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <string>/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox</string> </array> <key>RunAtLoad</key> <true/> </dict> </plist>
Second, run the following commands:
launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.dropbox.alt.plist launchctl start com.dropbox.alt
The Dropbox dialog will appear. On the “Setup Type” screen of their installer make sure you change the folder to a custom location that makes sense for you (otherwise it will put it in ~/.dropbox-alt/Dropbox).
Done. No faux app bundles. Everything is controled by launchd, just the way it should be.