Monday, February 18, 2008

Ubuntu 7.10 Disable trackerd

On my Ubuntu 7.10 desktop I have noticed that for long periods of time the CPU will be maxed out. When I investigate further trackerd is always the culprit.

Since this seems to be a common issue, this is what I do to disable trackerd and reclaim wasted CPU cycles.

1.) Right click on the 'Deskbar Applet'. Go to 'Preferences'.
2.) Scroll down in the list till you see, 'Tracker Live Search' & 'Tracker Search'. Make sure both of these are unchecked.
3.) Press the Close button.
4.) Go to 'System' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Sessions'.
5.) Scroll down the list to 'Tracker'. Make sure it is unchecked.
6.) Logout. (if that doesn't work, try rebooting.)

When you log back in to the system, you should no longer have the trackerd process running.

You can check by issuing a 'ps aux | grep trackerd'. Which shouldn't list a running 'trackerd' process.

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