tracker-miner-fs consuming lots of CPU?

Michael Schwendt mschwendt at
Sun Oct 9 09:41:57 UTC 2011

On Sat, 08 Oct 2011 22:27:17 -0400, JK (Jonathan) wrote:

> I don't know whether Tracker is new or just updated in F16. I certainly 
> never noticed it running on my system before upgrading recently to F16.
> What I'm noticing now is that it's tacking up a huge amount of CPU. Not 
> disk I/O, mind you, but CPU. Right now it's consuming well over 50% of 
> one of my CPU's on an ongoing basis.
> I upgraded to F16 days ago, so if what it's doing is something annoying 
> like indexing every file on the filesystem, one would think it would 
> have finished by now.
> Anybody else seeing anything like this? Known issue? Open bug?

Last month's "New bugs in updates" thread contained a subthread on
"tracker search tool". There are a couple of issues with tracker.

* It indexes removable devices by default.

* The "tracker-search-tool" package is not installed by default.
It contains /usr/bin/tracker-preferences where you can configure and
turn off the indexing.

* The /usr/bin/gnome-session-properties tool must be located and run
manually. You can remove the autostart for the tracker miners there.

* Unless new dependencies change further, it may be less easy to
uninstall tracker completely.

Fedora release 16 (Verne) - Linux 3.1.0-0.rc8.git0.1.fc16.x86_64
loadavg: 0.80 0.53 0.37

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