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Fixing “Unable to monitor filesystem” Dropbox issue on Ubuntu.

Source from: http://paulphilippov.blogspot.ch/2011/02/how-to-solve-dropbox-filesystem.html

Once Dropbox throws you an error that reads “Unable to monitor filesystem. Please run: echo 100000 | sudo tee /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches and restart Dropbox to correct the problem.” you’d better adjust settings in a system config file, to keep changes after reboot.

Open system config (as superuser, of course) in your my favorite text editor:

$ sudo vi /etc/sysctl.conf

Add just one line of code to the end of the file:

fs.inotify.max_user_watches = 100000

Save the file (Shift-ZZ, if you are new to Vi).
Reboot computer to apply settings and restart Dropbox.