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I'm limiting dropbox upload bandwith with trickle as suggested here.

@reboot trickle -u 100 ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

This works great but unfortunately causes 100% CPU - even with only 2-3 (small) files in total. On its own Dropbox only consumes about 1-2% CPU (without trickle).

What might cause this CPU hog? Is there any other way to throttle Dropbox upload speed?

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Possible duplicate: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/34116/… –  krowe Jul 6 at 21:39
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@krowe No: that thread provides other techniques to achieve the same thing, but doesn't address why this particular technique doesn't work. –  Gilles Jul 6 at 23:11
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What versions of trickle and dropbox do you have? Have you checked their bug list? What distribution are you using? –  Gilles Jul 6 at 23:12

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