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asked 2017-06-23 10:50:31 -0500

waffel gravatar image

updated 2017-06-23 10:50:58 -0500

Hi there,

today I noticed that my machine is running hot and my fans are spinning like never before. After taking a look at the system monitor, almost everything looked fine. But there is the process called "tracker-store" which pops up every couple seconds. I know that there are other threads about tracker-store, but those solutions sadly don't seem to work.

Because it eats 25% CPU i want to get rid of it. As far as I could figure out it just indexes files to find them via search? I'm not sure about that, but I don't need this. This thing is even worse than the glorious antimalware executable on windows.

So i started tracker-preferences and turned everything off and removed the places where it should scan. I restarted, but the process immediately shows up again. After that i started the preferences as root (the process is running as user) and turned off everything there too. After restart, the same thing. Then I went to the system-settings->search and turned off "files". I then restarted, but tracker-store still eats my CPU.

Is there anything else I can do about this?

Also I'm not sure why this didn't came up earlier. But I downloaded ~20GB of files from Owncloud yesterday night. Maybe thats why it goes crazy, but I hope there is way to turn it off. :)

Thanks for reading.

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The new data in your home folder is for sure the reason why tracker-store is pretty active!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-06-23 13:30:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-06-23 11:09:12 -0500

Aeyoun gravatar image

What does tracker status say? and tracker daemon?

You can stop all running indexers with tracker daemon -k all. If you then restart it with tracker daemon --start --watch you may get some info about which file is causing trouble and why.

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tracker status gives me:

 (translation: couldn't establish connection to Tracker): GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Message recipient disconnected from message bus without replying

tracker daemon responses with:

23 Jun 2017, 18:36:00: 17% Store - Initialisierung (Replaying journal)

(and several "indexers" which are deactivated) After killing it and restarting as you suggested the process stays at 0% CPU usage. Nothing happens at the watching terminal. After restarting it jumps to 25% every few seconds, as before.

waffel gravatar imagewaffel ( 2017-06-23 11:48:51 -0500 )edit

Oh. After restarting tracker I tried tracker status again. Now it says (sorry for my poor English translation)>

Currently indexed: 4711 files, 871 folders
Remaining space on the partition with the database: 38,0 MB (4,71%) (that seems like a problem)

All datacollectors are ready, indexing is completed.
waffel gravatar imagewaffel ( 2017-06-23 11:53:34 -0500 )edit

You can get English language output by prefixing LANG=en_US.utf-8 in front of any command. (Sometimes you need to set the variables LC_ALL and others as well.)

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2017-06-23 12:09:40 -0500 )edit

Ok, now it says:

    (tracker status:5767): Tracker-WARNING **: tracker-backend.vala:211: Falling back to bus backend, the direct backend failed to initialize: Locale mismatch, cannot use direct connection
Currently indexed: 4711 files, 871 folders
Remaining space on database partition: 0 bytes (0.00%)
All data miners are idle, indexing complete

I don't know which partition that is, because every partition has some space left.

waffel gravatar imagewaffel ( 2017-06-23 12:22:00 -0500 )edit

Remaining space on the partition with the database: 38,0 MB (4,71%) (that seems like a problem)

That sounds like a problem to me. Where is your database stored? Usually it's in /home but is your home only 800 MB large?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-06-23 13:26:59 -0500 )edit

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