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How do I disable tracker in GNOME?

asked 2011-11-09 19:42:22 -0500

Rob Spanton gravatar image

updated 2017-01-13 15:24:06 -0500

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I was having performance problems, and I discovered that tracker was churning through my filesystem. This is an infeasible task for it, as it contains an extremely large number of files.

How do I disable it?

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florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-16 09:46:48 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-09-23 07:29:49 -0500

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If your running Fedora 27 and above, this ran proper for me :-)

[user@thunderbolt ~]$ tracker reset -r
CAUTION: This process may irreversibly delete data.
Although most content indexed by Tracker can be safely reindexed, it can’t be assured that this is the case for all data. Be aware that you may be incurring in a data loss situation, proceed at your own risk.

Are you sure you want to proceed? [y|N]: y
Found 3 PIDs…
  Killed process 14676 — “tracker-miner-apps”
  Killed process 14694 — “tracker-store”
  Killed process 14712 — “tracker-miner-fs”
Setting database locations
Checking database directories exist
Checking database version
Checking whether database files exist
Removing all database/storage files
  Removing database:'/home/user/.cache/tracker/meta.db'
  Removing db-locale file:'/home/user/.cache/tracker/db-locale.txt'
  Removing journal:'/home/user/.local/share/tracker/data/tracker-store.journal'
  Removing db-version file:'/home/user/.cache/tracker/db-version.txt'
[user@thunderbolt ~]$ 
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that command does not disable tracker. I just resets the database. After that, tracker will re-scan your files.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-09-24 09:51:47 -0500 )edit
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answered 2019-01-22 22:22:39 -0500

j.westerdale gravatar image

I see Mlocate is installed along side this tracker stuff. The locate command is all I need. I read that tracker mines my Email and personal files? sheesh.. no thanks. Some of it is sensitive.

Tried this on one of my Test Laptops: rpm -e gnome-online-miners tracker gnome-online-miners --nodeps

..... (Yeah .. I hate doing that, but this is ridiculous ).

Will report back if anyone is interested.

Why do I want all my personal data mined in the foreground, and shared with Whoever taps in? I mean it starts as soon as I log in .. even at low priority, it makes my laptop very sluggish.

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