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Everytime I start rhythm box the process rhythmbox-metadata starts up and uses 100% cpu on one core, causing the computer to heat up and the fans to start rotating hard. I have an external drive with about 450GB of music. rhythmbox-metadata will remain active at 100% cpu for an hour and then stop consuming cpu. This happens everytime I open rhythm box even if nothing changed in the music folder.

How can I stop this behaviour ?

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ok, it seems either you disable the watch feature or you get the cpu hit. – miguel.negrao Oct 25 '13 at 15:08
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I had to deselect "Watch my library for new files" in Edit/Preferences to prevent rythmbox from using 100% cpu.

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