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#1 2018-07-07 18:02:55

AldoCuriel
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tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

Hi, I'm new to arch and whenever I boot my laptop a process eats the ram and everything, that doesn't happen before.
If i check the journalctl and the cycling output is:

Jul 07 08:15:16 ARCH1 dbus-daemon[561]: [session uid=1000 pid=561] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.Tracker1.Miner.Extract' unit='tracker-extract.service' requested by ':1.71' (uid=1000 pid=868 comm="/usr/lib/tracker-miner-fs ")
Jul 07 08:15:16 ARCH1 systemd[496]: Starting Tracker metadata extractor...
Jul 07 08:15:17 ARCH1 dbus-daemon[561]: [session uid=1000 pid=561] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.Tracker1.Miner.Extract'
Jul 07 08:15:17 ARCH1 systemd[496]: Started Tracker metadata extractor.

I reset the tracker with:

tracker reset -r

but I'm not sure whats happening and if i broke my arch.

Thank you.

Last edited by AldoCuriel (2018-07-12 08:53:35)

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#2 2018-07-07 18:39:34

robg
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

Hello AldoCuriel and welcome to the forum!

Regarding your question: Make sure you identified the culprit; see for instance this. Does `tracker reset -r` get your RAM usage down to normal? If your are certain that tacker-extract.service is responsible, see what package it is owned by (hint: pacman -Qo) and if you require that package to be installed. If not, remove it. A bit of searching seems to point towards Gnome Tracker, which might be an issue depending on how intertwined it is with the rest of Gnome, so make sure to analyze the dependencies properly. Also, see this.

Last edited by robg (2018-07-07 18:40:17)

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#3 2018-07-12 00:53:52

AldoCuriel
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

Hi robg, sorry for the delay in the answer.

Yes the tracker reset -r command does kill the process and get my RAM usage to normal. I'm sure that the tracker is responsable, but not sure how to know what package own the process ( pacman -Qo).

Thanks for the answer.

Last edited by AldoCuriel (2018-07-12 00:55:46)

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#4 2018-07-12 08:01:41

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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

Please change your topic title to actually describe your problem, and remove the unnecessary call for help.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Co … ow_to_post


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#5 2018-07-12 08:42:03

ooo
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

$ pacman -Fs tracker-miner-fs
extra/tracker-miners 2.0.4-2
    usr/lib/tracker-miner-fs

Try removing tracker-miners, unless you absolutely need it.
It's part of gnome group, but not actually required to run any gnome component the gnome desktop.

Last edited by ooo (2018-07-12 09:07:05)

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#6 2018-07-12 08:55:35

AldoCuriel
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

ooo wrote:
$ pacman -Fs tracker-miner-fs
extra/tracker-miners 2.0.4-2
    usr/lib/tracker-miner-fs

Try removing tracker-miners, unless you absolutely need it.
It's part of gnome group, but not actually required to run any gnome component.


Sorry I'm very new to this, can you explain me a little more how to remove them, I have read of the gnome tracker and that it's used to index things etc.

Thanks

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#7 2018-07-12 09:01:09

ooo
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pa … g_packages

EDIT. Also to correct my previous post, tracker-miners is required for some gnome applications, but you don't need it to run the gnome desktop.

Last edited by ooo (2018-07-12 09:06:11)

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#8 2018-07-12 14:23:38

flortsch
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

As the previous poster said, tracker-miners is not required by gnome-shell.
However, it allows you e.g. to search for files in the gnome-shell search field.
Also, it is e.g. required by packages like gnome-music to find music files and build up the music library.
If you don't need this functionality, simply remove the tracker-miners package.

However, if you want to have this functionality or use packages which depend on tracker-miners (like gnome-music), perform a hard reset of the tracker index, as suggested by a previous poster, by running:

tracker reset -r

Then, you wait for the mining to finish the data collection.
You can check the status of tracker by running:

tracker status

By default, the data which is stored in your home directory is mined.
So if you have a large home directory with many files, this may take some time.

If you still think that tracker is misbehaving or does not finish data collection, I suggest that you search the journal for specific tracker error messages.

Last edited by flortsch (2018-07-12 14:29:57)

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#9 2018-07-12 22:49:15

AldoCuriel
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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

Hey thanks flortsch!

When i do:

tracker status

Currently indexed: 0files, 0 folders
Remaining space on database partition: 58.2 Gb (57.02%)
All data miners are idle, indexing complete

I all ready did:

tracker reset -r

And the tracker stop doing strange things. But the status output is normal?

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#10 2018-07-15 16:33:22

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Re: tracker-miner-fs, eating my RAM.

You can set the folders to be indexed in Settings - Search - Preferences Icon.

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