I created a partition for Ubuntu, and I just ran out of space a couple of days ago.

I used the Disk Usage Analyzer and I realized that for some reason the directory /home/.cache uses up a lot of disk space; specifically the tracker folder. What is recommended to do in order to prevent this cache and tracker folder to grow so much?


You can "pause" the Gnome Tracker by setting the configuration option org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files.low-disk-space-limit used by tracker-miner-fs.

Values indicate if we pause indexing at a percentage of low disk space (0-100% or -1 to disable the check entirely, 3 being the default value).

Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and type the following command to stop the tracker at 1%:

gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files low-disk-space-limit 1


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    Does this mean that the tracker pauses when only 1% of disk space remains or when the tracker files take up 1% of disk space? – koyakun Feb 16 '20 at 9:20
  • From the horses mouth: "Values indicate if we pause indexing at a percentage of low disk space" – Tyeth Dec 10 '20 at 13:57

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