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Dropbox yum update error on CentOS

We can install Dropbox rpm package on CentOS by using Fedora rpm package. Since it works, it looks everything looks fine. However, when we update rpm package with yum, we will see Dropbox yum repo error like this.

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, langpacks [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404 - Not Found
Trying other mirror.

 One of the configured repositories failed (Dropbox Repository),
 and yum doesn't have enough cached data to continue. At this point the only
 safe thing yum can do is fail. There are a few ways to work "fix" this:

1. Contact the upstream for the repository and get them to fix the problem.

2. Reconfigure the baseurl/etc. for the repository, to point to a working
 upstream. This is most often useful if you are using a newer
 distribution release than is supported by the repository (and the
 packages for the previous distribution release still work).

3. Disable the repository, so yum won't use it by default. Yum will then
 just ignore the repository until you permanently enable it again or use
 --enablerepo for temporary usage:

yum-config-manager --disable Dropbox

4. Configure the failing repository to be skipped, if it is unavailable.
 Note that yum will try to contact the repo. when it runs most commands,
 so will have to try and fail each time (and thus. yum will be be much
 slower). If it is a very temporary problem though, this is often a nice

yum-config-manager --save --setopt=Dropbox.skip_if_unavailable=true

failure: repodata/repomd.xml from Dropbox: [Errno 256] No more mirrors to try. [Errno 14] HTTP Error 404 - Not Found

Why does this happen?

The issue is the /etc/yum.repos.d/dropbox.repo. Since we used the Fedora rpm package, the dropbox.repo info also is configured to use Fedora repo.

name=Dropbox Repository

The $releasever is replaced with the CentOS version like 7 in above example because the CentOS version I am using is 7.0.

Unfortunately, dropbox.rpm doesn’t seem to be provided by epel. By hard-coding and replacing the $releasever like 20,  we can resolve this issue. However, this issue could happen again when Fedora 20 is deprecated.

name=Dropbox Repository