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Use the command line to log into Dropbox. You have to replace firstname.lastname@example.org with your Dropbox email (note the URL-encoding of "@" as %40). Also replace my_passwd with your Dropbox password. (Note: special characters in your password (such as #) must be url-encoded. You will get a cookie (stored in file "cookie") that you can use for subsequent curl operations to dropbox, for example curl -b cookie https://www.dropbox.com/home. Debug note: If you want to see what data curl posts, use curl's --trace-ascii flag.
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