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I always have Conky running to monitor system performance and I've noticed that my download rate is quite high, actually between 800KB/s and 1MB/s . To try to get to ...
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    Linux Newbie Nagarjuna's Avatar
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    Discovering Network Hog


    I always have Conky running to monitor system performance and I've noticed that my download rate is quite high, actually between 800KB/s and 1MB/s. To try to get to the bottom of this, I downloaded a neat little tool called 'NetHogs' which dynamically lists your processes that access a network and what their up/down rates are.

    I ran NetHogs after a fresh reboot. All I've done is run startx to start OpenBox, tint2, feh, conky and xterm. I'm also running Chromium while I type this.

    Here are the results:
    Code:
    # nethogs
    Chromium / Sent: 0.039 / Received: 0.026
    Unknown TCP / Sent: 0.000 / Received: 0.000
    And that's pretty much it! Now I just need to find out what's downloading the rest of the data.. Unless Conky is just spewing non-sense. Might I be able to do this using the /proc directory or maybe using netstat? I'm investigating these methods at the moment.

    I'd like to add that it isn't always like this. Earlier today I would barely go over 300KB's (and I had rtorrent open).

    If you have any ideas or tips please share

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    You can probably find out even more with the netstat command, it'll list even Xorg connections, which might be what you are seeing above.
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    netstat -a
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    netstat --help
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    Sweet. The day has come where I can actually use and learn about netstat for solving a 'real-life' issue!

    Thanks, Mike. Oddly enough, my down speed is at 322KB/s now with rtorrent running capped at 300KB/s. So what ever was doing all that downloading appears to be in hiding.. For now..

    I'll keep you posted on what I find out.

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