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Bug 1250018 - RFE: Provide a method to prevent tracker from indexing files
RFE: Provide a method to prevent tracker from indexing files
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: tracker (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Igor Gnatenko
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-08-04 07:08 EDT by Doncho N. Gunchev
Modified: 2016-06-28 08:58 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2016-06-28 08:58:49 EDT
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Description Doncho N. Gunchev 2015-08-04 07:08:07 EDT
Description of problem:

Tracker starts even in KDE. It indexes all files all the time. This is especially annoying on spinning hard drives but also eats write cycles on SSDs.

If I understood it right tracker provides additional features like tags and meta data. Currently I 'dnf remove tracker', but this also removes 'Gnome Boxes' and others. If there is a way to stop tracker from reading, extracting, decompressing and indexing any files it would be much appreciated.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora KDE spin
2. Install Gnome Boxes
3. ps xawww | grep [t]racker, dstat, iostat

Actual results:
Tracker starts to index all my archives, documents, multimedia files, virtual machines, you name it. There's no clean way to disable that.

Expected results:
A clean and simple way to stop tracker from indexing my files. Maybe /etc/sysconfig/no-tracker or /.tracker-disabled or anything.

Additional info:
Having tracker's file indexing feature enabled by default most likely just eats CPU cycles and HDD IO with no benefit for most users.
Comment 1 Igor Gnatenko 2016-06-28 08:58:49 EDT
Closing this issue as it is old. If you still think that it exists - reopen please. Thanks!

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