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Linux Dropbox app slowly consumes entire 4GB of RAM

Matt F.16
Collaborator | Level 9

I've been running Dropbox on my Linux server for a good 5-6 years and the update from January has been nothing but trouble.

The latest issue is that the Dropbox process, even when everything is fully sync'd, slowly eats the entire 4GB of system ram until the process dies or the server dies due to out of memory.

In the screenshot attached you can see a running top on the left that shows dropbox using 68% of system memory, and a console on the right showing dropbox.py status every 3 minutes. 

In terms of timing, the dropbox process starts out only consuming ~30% of system memory. Then every ~6 hours, it consumes an additional +10%. This doesn't end, it always just ends up crashing. Again, no major syncing taking place.

HELP!dropbox.jpg

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Re: Linux Dropbox app slowly consumes entire 4GB of RAM

Matt F.16
Collaborator | Level 9

I'm guessing it's a memory leak? Look at the attached pmap -- all kinds anon memory reserved:

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Re: Linux Dropbox app slowly consumes entire 4GB of RAM

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Hey @Matt F.16, thanks for keeping us in the loop throughout this. 

Just to make sure that we cover most initial ground, could you clarify for me:

  • When this behavior occurs? Is it upon startup or after performing a specific action?
  • If you've had a look at this article which describes a few ways to investigate and tackle high CPU usage?

Keep me posted!


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Re: Linux Dropbox app slowly consumes entire 4GB of RAM

Matt F.16
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Hi @Lusil - the memory slowly grows throughout the day until the process crashes. It usually takes 18-36 hours. And this is when no file changes are being made. It's a memory leak in the Dropbox python client. I've read the linked article before, none of it applies. And this only started with the big January update that changed the sync'ing engine.

Re: Linux Dropbox app slowly consumes entire 4GB of RAM

Dropboxer
Dropboxer

Thanks for getting back to me on this, @Matt F.16

At this point, I'd recommend continuing via email for a more in-depth investigation on the matter. 

I found your ticket and passed your comments along to the specialized member of the team that's reviewing this for you. As soon as they have more info, they'll get back to you. 

In the meantime, if there's anything else I can do or you have any other questions, don't hesitate to get back to me. Cheers!


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