Rclone size on dropbox remote is too slow. How do I only fetch the size, not item count?

What is the problem you are having with rclone?

rclone size on a large dropbox remote with millions of files takes a loooong time. In fact, after leaving it running for an hour, I lost the patience. There's also "too many requests" error in between that slows it down. Interestingly, this was not an issue in Google drive.

In the interim, can I purely get the size of a remote directory? This should be much faster as the web UI allows me to calculate the size in a few seconds.

Run the command 'rclone version' and share the full output of the command.

rclone v1.62.2

  • os/version: darwin 13.3 (64 bit)
  • os/kernel: 22.4.0 (arm64)
  • os/type: darwin
  • os/arch: arm64 (ARMv8 compatible)
  • go/version: go1.20.2
  • go/linking: dynamic
  • go/tags: cmount

Which cloud storage system are you using? (eg Google Drive)


The command you were trying to run (eg rclone copy /tmp remote:tmp)

rclone size dbox:
rclone size dbox: --tpslimit 12 --tpslimit-burst 12

The latter command doesn't run into "too many requests" error but is still slow.

The rclone config contents with secrets removed.

type = dropbox
token = {"access_token":"<REDACTED>":"bearer","refresh_token":"<REDACTED>","expiry":"<REDACTED>"}
client_id = <REDACTED>
client_secret = <REDACTED>

A log from the command with the -vv flag

2023/06/15 04:18:21 DEBUG : rclone: Version "v1.62.2" starting with parameters ["rclone" "size" "dbox:" "-vv"]
2023/06/15 04:18:21 DEBUG : Creating backend with remote "dbox:"
2023/06/15 04:18:21 DEBUG : Using config file from "/Users/fusionx/.config/rclone/rclone.conf"

Google drive supports recursive listing.

Dropbox might at this point, but it definitely isn't implemented.

So, it'll take quite some time to walk through your size.

You want burst 0 with tps 12 and ensure you aren't using the same client ID/secret with something else as it'll cause you to hit limits.

Other than that, wait it out :slight_smile:

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As I cannot see any path specified, you could check
rclone about dbox:

If it fits what you need.

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thanks! Didn't know about this command. It's a good alternative if I'm only interested in total usage :slight_smile:

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