I am working with Ubuntu 20.04 and currently, I have a tracker-miner-f eating up my cpu. enter image description here

What is this? Why is the cpu usage over 100%? Is it problematic?

Kind regards

  • If it lasts a long time (i.e. isn't just some transient processing), try moving all the files in your Desktop folder to another folder, and then rebooting. (there's a bug in the desktop icons extension that can cause problems in certain situations) May 27 at 18:08
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    Does this answer your question? Tracker process taking lot of CPU
    – vanadium
    May 29 at 15:26

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I was facing tracker processes spiking with a high CPU usage followed exits with failure exit code, especially tracker-miner-fs-3. I followed this suggestion from @evert and removed tracker cache. That was enough for my case.

rm -r ~/.cache/tracker

Maybe for my case running tracker3 reset -s (to reset the filesystem cache) could be enough, but, yeah, cleaning the whole cache worked.

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