Comments on 2018-05-07 Laptop Fan

OK, back to the good old 100% CPU tracker-store process. But this time, if I try to sudo apt remove tracker, it tells me:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  gnome-sushi nautilus nautilus-share pureos-gnome tracker tracker-extract tracker-miner-fs

Why is pureos-gnome being removed? It depends on nautilus. Gaaah.

Based on some StackExchange info:

gsettings list-schemas|grep Tracker to find the right schema.

gsettings list-keys org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files to find the right keys.

gsettings describe org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval shows some documentation...

gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval -2 “disables it entirely”

gsettings describe org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors for more information.

gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors false “to completely disable any file monitoring”

tracker reset --hard to reclaim disk space.

Alternatively... use the GUI? But the tools mentioned in the answer appear to be not installed. So the command line it is.

alex@melanobombus:~$ gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files enable-monitors false
alex@melanobombus:~$ gsettings set org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files crawling-interval -2
alex@melanobombus:~$ tracker reset --hard
CAUTION: This process may irreversibly delete data.
Although most content indexed by Tracker can be safely reindexed, it can’t be assured that this is the case for all data. Be aware that you may be incurring in a data loss situation, proceed at your own risk.

Are you sure you want to proceed? [y|N]: y
Found 2 PIDs…
  Killed process 1964 — “tracker-extract”
  Killed process 3186 — “tracker-store”
Setting database locations
Checking database directories exist
Checking database version
Checking whether database files exist
Removing all database/storage files
  Removing database:'/home/alex/.cache/tracker/meta.db'
  Removing db-locale file:'/home/alex/.cache/tracker/db-locale.txt'
  Removing journal:'/home/alex/.local/share/tracker/data/tracker-store.journal'
  Removing db-version file:'/home/alex/.cache/tracker/db-version.txt'

– Alex Schroeder 2018-11-23 17:38 UTC

Fucker is still going strong.

top - 08:08:07 up 41 min,  1 user,  load average: 1.79, 1.79, 1.46
Tasks: 233 total,   3 running, 230 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
%Cpu(s):  4.9 us,  2.9 sy, 20.9 ni, 70.2 id,  0.1 wa,  0.0 hi,  1.1 si,  0.0 st
MiB Mem :  15959.6 total,   6117.1 free,   2316.5 used,   7526.0 buff/cache
MiB Swap:   1904.0 total,   1904.0 free,      0.0 used.  13179.1 avail Mem 

  PID USER      PR  NI    VIRT    RES    SHR S  %CPU  %MEM     TIME+ COMMAND         
 8396 alex      39  19 2701064 180188  58580 R  91.7   1.1  13:13.17 tracker-extract 
 2106 alex      20   0   54.9g 236024  12912 S   7.6   1.4   6:01.79 tracker-store   

The settings are as described above. This makes me unhappy.

I’m currently using tracker daemon -k to kill it whenever the fans start going. Surely there is a better way?

– Alex Schroeder 2018-11-28 07:08 UTC


i got same problem some times ago and i managed to fix it by cleaning up tracker database, i did toot on mastodon for it and discovered i was not the only one.

entry point to get resolution was to find those traces in my /var/log/message :

Cannot initialize database: error in view fts_view: no such table: main.nie:InformationElement_nie:keyword_TEMP (strerror of errno (not necessarily related): Aucun fichier ou dossier de ce type)

through duckduckgo serach i got this :

tracker-store restart loop

i finally fixed it with : tracker reset --hard

that resets sqlite dabatase that was corrupted by a preceding version.

troisiemelobe 2018-11-28 07:24 UTC

Thanks! For now I’m following @algernon’s advice: systemctl --user disable tracker-store.service && systemctl --user mask tracker-store.service

As for /var/log/messages I find a ton of error messages related to tracker, including the one you mentioned (but timestamped Nov 23 instead of Nov 28), and other messages where it cannot parse this or that file... Yikes!

– Alex Schroeder 2018-11-28 07:48 UTC

Recently I woke the laptop from sleep and the fans went on like crazy. Killed all the apps. Still crazy. Logged out. Still crazy. Restarted! Still crazy!? This must be some sort of NSA mishap or what? 😮 I was only able to fix it by turning it off and on again.

The universal fix.

– Alex Schroeder 2019-04-27 09:24 UTC

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