Dropbox infinite update loop
August 30, 2013 8:44 AM Subscribe
All of a sudden, Dropbox has decided it needs to continuously update every single one of my files. I have no idea why, and its slowing everything down hugely.
posted by googly to computers & internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday my computer was running sluggishly, and eventually noticed that the dropbox spinning-updater was running continuously. Turns out that dropbox is updating all my files - all 90,000+ 180GB worth of them. When I look in the finder, every single folder and file has the blue sync icon attached to it. 99.9% of these items have been fully synced for months or years.
Needless to say this is eating up resources, slowing down internet speed, and is just generally worrisome. Googling hasn't turned up an obvious solution that applies to me. I'm on an iMac, OS 10.7.5, no antivirus software. To the best of my knowledge I have made no updates or changes to the system that might affect this in months. For now, I've just paused dropbox syncing, but this is not a good remedy because I happen to be working on some incredibly important stuff that I really want backed up.
What could be causing this, how do I remedy this, and is this a sign of something troubling?