Indexing... (Dropbox)

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This is concerning a case from June 2024:


On a new Linux Mint installation, I installed Dropbox with my usual account. Some hours later, the status was still Indexing... and no files appeared on this computer.

Possible causes

  • Dropbox basically gets overloaded with too many files to index, and it gets stuck somehow [1]
  • I'm actually running out of Dropbox storage space (something with server backups). Maybe files are getting added all the time nevertheless, with causes indexing problems
  • Indexing is just slow - Keep the computer on, and let's see tomorrow morning.

Additional information

Possible solutions

  • Dropbox » Preferences » Syncing: Select a small enough subtree and extend from there
  • Pause syncing: Indexing will continue under the hood, but much faster now that no new changes have to be incorporated
  • Remove Dropbox/.dropbox.cache


Unless stated otherwise, these actions didn't result in a solution:

  • Pause syncing for 15 minutes
  • Under Preferences, only select a very small subtree
  • Apply same solution as for the Syncing... problem: echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=100000000 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf; sudo sysctl -p + restart computer

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