Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Connection sharing, Firewall, Samba..etc
Forum rules
Before you post please read how to get help
User avatar
d00med
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 370
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:55 am

Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med » 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?

User avatar
caf4926
Level 7
Level 7
Posts: 1848
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:21 pm
Location: UK Lake District

Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

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

run

Code: Select all

netstat

that should tell you all current traffic
Image
Mint 18

User avatar
d00med
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 370
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:55 am

Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med » 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.

User avatar
viking777
Level 14
Level 14
Posts: 5139
Joined: Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:21 am

Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby viking777 » 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:

[3] Consider Which Forum Section To Post
Posting to specific sections can make it easier for others to provide assistance and for future searches. For example, if you are having a specific software issue, post to "Software and Applications" section instead of "Newbie Questions".


In response to your question, the command

Code: Select all

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.
Fujitsu Lifebook AH532. Intel i5 processor, 6Gb ram, Intel HD3000 graphics, Intel Audio/wifi. Realtek RTL8111/8168B Ethernet.Lubuntu 13.10,Ubuntu12.10 (Unity), Mint16 (Cinnamon), Manjaro (Xfce).

User avatar
d00med
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 370
Joined: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:55 am

Re: Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon, Always Downloading?

Postby d00med » 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.


Return to “Other networking topics”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest