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tracker-extract keeping CPU busy and hot: What's causing the problem?

asked 2018-07-13 09:09:10 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2018-07-13 13:32:02 -0500

Since a couple of weeks, I encounter a problem with tracker-extract. One symptom is that it keeps my CPU very busy (and hot).

Checking the journal, I see a lot of recurring messages. They look like:

Could not insert metadata for item "file:///home/james/vboxshare/blablabla/blablabla%20and%20%20temp%20WTP/40335-02-ME-Feasibility%20Study.pdf": 43.32: invalid UTF-8 character

It is also giving me errors like the following without telling me which file is concerned:

This OLE2 file is invalid.
The Block Allocation Table for one of the streams had 0x00000000 instead of a terminator (0xfffffffe).
We might still be able to extract some data, but you'll want to check the file.

And another message is:

ole_seek_block: assertion 'block < ole->info->max_block' failed

(I get about 36 of such messages every minute - it's completely spamming my log).

I have already erased my tracker database (tracker reset --hard) but after re-indexing the problem(s) continue.

Anyone any idea on how to fix it? I don't care about tracker not being able to index some of the files - it's more the CPU usage that is annoying.

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answered 2018-07-13 09:59:43 -0500

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updated 2018-07-13 10:12:30 -0500

Problem has been reported here and considered a regression by the devs.

As a workaround, I downgraded tracker-miners to 2.0.4-3 (sudo dnf downgrade tracker-miners) until the problem will be fixed.

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my solution, sudo dnf remove tracker so that it does not sneak in on my next dnf update.

steveebey73742 gravatar imagesteveebey73742 ( 2018-07-13 10:19:45 -0500 )edit

I generally like tracker (if it's working fine). So I just added a excludepkgs=tracker-miners to /etc/dnf/dnf.conf. That way it doesn't get updated while I continue using the older release. Once the issues are fixed, I'll update again.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-13 12:38:43 -0500 )edit

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