Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

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Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med on Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:08 pm

My new install of Mint 13 is always downloading something in the background. It's a slow trickle, roughly 5kbps, but it adds up, and my internet speed takes a hit, here with 3G. My netbook has downloaded 191MB of mysterious data today, while it's been on idle. It isn't the update manager, as my machine is up to date, and I don't have it running in the background. Any idea what this traffic might be?
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Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby caf4926 on Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:47 pm

run
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netstat

that should tell you all current traffic
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Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med on Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:54 pm

Thanks. I'm not capable of narrowing it down with netstat. Can't find what the bandwidth thief is.
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Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby viking777 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:12 am

Moved here by moderator.

d00med, as a forum member for 2 years with 150+ posts you cannot be considered a newbie any more, so kindly think about where topics correctly fit instead of posting straight into 'Newbie' section.

Relevant forum rule:

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In response to your question, the command

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sudo lsof -i


Can be very helpful in understanding what is going on here.

If you want to investigate further then the second column of its output (PID) can be used to identify processes that are using your connection and these in turn can be stopped by identifying the PID in System Monitor and right clicking on it. You can then see what effect this has on your internet throughput. The chances are that these are processes you want to have running anyway, I did a similar investigation recently and found out it was my calendar application connecting to google calendar that was causing curious usage patterns.

If you find a command running that you do not understand simply put its name into google search.
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Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med on Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:52 pm

Sorry. I have really bad social anxiety, and don't like starting new topics very much. I shall go away now.
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