Pidgin nethogs

Mik Scheper pidgin at
Wed Nov 26 22:58:59 EST 2014

... actually, that's just how much it's /received/ in the last hour. 
It's additionally /sent/ over twice that. I just can't imagine why idle 
chat protocols would need to send a megabyte of data every two or three 

On 27/11/14 14:53, Mik Scheper wrote:
> In an effort to curb bandwidth charges, I've been running nethogs 
> <> lately, and was surprised by just 
> how much bandwidth my Pidgin installation burns through. It's used up 
> over 12MB in the past hour, even though I've only exchanged a few chat 
> strings with people.
> I would expect overhead from status messages and keeping track of 
> who's on and who's offline, but not that much! I have about a dozen 
> different chat accounts using various protocols; it'd be interesting 
> to know whether one's being a particular hog. Does anybody know of a 
> plug-in to help with that, or have any experience with particular 
> culprits (e.g. Facebook)? I know I can just activate and deactivate 
> accounts and see what changes, but it'd be nice if there was a more 
> convenient way.
> Thanks,
> MikZ.

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