Same here. You can easily test this behavior on a DigitalOcean 2GB VPS server. My account got only two bigger (~10g files), and a couple of smaller ones (~500mb). Ram usage from 150mb goes up to 2gb steadily.
Addig a 4gb swap mitigates the issue - the machine will just swap heavily, but the process won't get killed by oom.
Here are the oom kill lines from dmesg:
[71879.800778] Out of memory: Kill process 4359 (dropbox) score 938 or sacrifice child
[71879.800914] Killed process 4359 (dropbox) total-vm:3338164kB, anon-rss:1918816kB, file-rss:4kB
Now I am at ~50% of my sync with swap:
$ free -m
> total used free shared buffers cached
> Mem: 2001 1932 69 0 0 10
> -/+ buffers/cache: 1920 81
>Swap: 4095 3968 127
I've been experiencing this issue on my Ubuntu Xenial. I'm not sure if I've found a permanent fix, but so far my Dropbox is working fine by doing:
If you're interested I keep track of my personal issue regarding this at .
Here is my way of fixing the problem.
I am using Docker (https://www.docker.com/) to restrict memory usage of Dropbox
Here is a shell script.
Save it and change DROPBOX_FOLDER variable to absolute path of your sync folder,
after that launch "./dropbox-docker install" from shell. Provided Docker is installed, all necessary files would be downloaded and container will be started.
The original image (https://hub.docker.com/r/janeczku/dropbox/ ) is using headless client, so the script will also install several extra packages into a container(not a good way to do)
After that, Docker will take the job to autostart Dropbox and to restart it whenever there is any problem.
However there are several disadvantages.
Import from camera would not be possible anymore.
Also opening folder from Dropbox menu seems not to work, and there are no Dropbox icons in file manager.
The solution here worked for me https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Installation-and-desktop-app/Solution-to-Dropbox-on-Linux-using-all-...
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