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Dropbox desktop client on Windows 8.1 is using hundreds of thousands of Semaphore handles

Dropbox desktop client on Windows 8.1 is using hundreds of thousands of Semaphore handles

jrivettcz
New member | Level 2

Dropbox is using an insane number of handles on my Windows 8.1 system. As of five minutes ago, it was using more than 175,000 handles. Most of them are 'Semaphore' handles. I've confirmed the number of handles with a few different tools.

 

If I close the Dropbox client and start it again, the number of handles starts off at about 4000 and ramps up quickly to 8000. Over the next few days it gradually climbs to 175,000+.

 

This excessive handle use by Dropbox doesn't seem to cause any problems, and the system continues to run just fine otherwise. But 175,000+ handles? That can't be good, and it's definitely not right.

 

I've found very little about this problem searching online. The consensus seems to be that I should do a complete Dropbox uninstall and reinstall.

 

I'm using Dropbox v114.4.426.

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Re: Dropbox desktop client on Windows 8.1 is using hundreds of thousands of Semaphore handles

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi @jrivettcz, thanks for messaging the Community!

If you're not on a Dropbox Basic plan with more than 3 devices connected, could you try an advanced reinstall of the app using the steps in this link?

If the issue persists after this, please feel free to reach back out.

Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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