Trickle on Linux

Yesterday, I wanted to update my Debian system and because it sometimes can take a while, I wanted to stream a movie alongside while the updates were being applied. Home bandwidth being what it is, I ended up having a stalled streaming connection – moderately annoying.

The fix? Trickle. Trickle’s a neat little app on Linux that allows you to limit the upload and/or download bandwidth available to any app. And it installs pretty fast too.

So from the linux prompt I hit:

$trickle -d 40 sudo apt-get upgrade

And voila, I could stream that movie while the system upgraded itself. And naturally, no reboots required. 🙂

One response to “Trickle on Linux

  1. Yay – good to see you’re posting again. I’ll be downloading a movie today, will check back again if I need to trickle it!

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