I suffer each time I return from a pause and I find my desktop stalled because the priority of tracker-extract consumes too much CPU (sometimes 104%), so I have to kill thru terminal the task (tracker-miner-fs, tracker-extract, and tracker-store) in order to return to my regular desktop activities.

I understand the importance of this program, but I do not want to solve its niceness issue every time by hand. And I do not want to remove it definetely.

Is there a configuration file so I can set it to my personal taste (I will choose a higher value so it really executes on a low priority level)?


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Tracker's settings are now on dconf database, Managed through dconf-editor (GUI) or gsettings (CLI) under the org.freedesktop.Tracker.* tree:


For Ubuntu 16.04, you could set indexing to run in the background with tracker-preferences. If that command wasn't already installed, you could install it with sudo apt install tracker-gui

After its initial complete index run, tracker — at least on a machine with SSD storage that isn't receiving huge dumps of new files — shouldn't take a significant time to run. If you find that tracker has locked up, I have suggested a solution here.

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    Although you are correct, it would have been helpful to the questioner if you had explained that to access the tracker-preferences, they should sudo apt-get install tracker-gui May 12, 2017 at 22:30
  • @DavidFoerster I was way to busy playing with the new set of settings! May 13, 2017 at 1:51
  • @scruss Thank you! Your answer is supercomplete. I also checked yourlink to the solution, which is exactly what I need to understand tracker issues.
    – LobaLuna
    Oct 18, 2018 at 16:32
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    tracker-gui is only present on 16.04 Jul 24, 2019 at 3:28
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    Did you know which key on dconf db is related to tracker-extract niceness/priority/CPU usage? Jul 24, 2019 at 15:17

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