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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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I have no idea if this is still relevant. With Dropbox on Linux you can right click on the applet - select preferences - bandwidth and change the allowed the download and upload rate.

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