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In Windows you can (I believe) just use "runas /user:Foo dropbox.exe" -- doesn't OS X have an equivalent option? This seems like a much simpler workaround.

Using 'su'[0] is the wrong approach. Setting HOME makes the home directory look different, while keeping all of the permissions the same as the current running user. This is all that's needed, as Dropbox (by default) uses '$HOME/Dropbox'.

0: https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/Darwi...

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