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trackerd

I've upgraded my laptop to the latest Oracle Solaris 11 Express (snv_151a X86) and at a first glance, I've to say that seems a good step forward respect to my previous OpenSolaris... but ... Like all good nerds, I was exploring the new system, playing with configurations and installing the typical nerd software I need, while I stumbled on a process (eating a lot of CPU and RAM): /usr/bin/trackerd that I've never seen on my previous OpenSolaris installation...
Nothing special, is not a virus or an E.T.: is just the default GNOME indexing/tracking tool that from this release is installed and enabled by default:

root@vesuvio:~# pkg info tracker
          Name: library/desktop/search/tracker
       Summary: Desktop search tool
   Description: Desktop search tool
      Category: Applications/System Utilities
         State: Installed
     Publisher: solaris
       Version: 0.5.11
 Build Release: 5.11
        Branch: 0.151.0.1
Packaging Date: Fri Nov 05 05:52:57 2010
          Size: 3.09 MB
          FMRI: pkg://solaris/library/desktop/search/tracker@0.5.11,5.11-0.151.0.1:20101105T055257Z
root@vesuvio:~#

Since I'm very conscious about my CPU clock cycles/RAM bits, and my nerd software doesn't like CPU/MEM spikes that could be easily triggered from that software I simply removed the package:

root@vesuvio:~# pkg uninstall tracker
                Packages to remove:     1
           Create boot environment:    No
               Services to restart:     2
PHASE                                        ACTIONS
Removal Phase                                373/373

PHASE                                          ITEMS
Package State Update Phase                       1/1
Package Cache Update Phase                       1/1
Image State Update Phase                         2/2
root@vesuvio:~#

I admit that this solution may sound a bit 'extreme', but I really don't like/use this piece of software. I do not like that kind of programs running in background, browsing and crawling the directories of your HD to index the content of your documents, pictures, emails etc. This could be a nice feature to have on an average end-user desktop/station, not for a laptop that I mainly use as my nerd-lab test bench ;-)

People interested in using this tool can find plenty of ways of throttling down the CPU/MEM resources, excluding directories or assigning specific paths to monitor, etc...

  • Tracker Project home page on GNOME
  • HOWTO that explains how to customize the tracker daemon behaviour

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