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    heyjoe NNTP User

    Question Strange (high) HDD activity

    Hi,

    During the last day I am noticing some strange HDD activity. Every 3-5 seconds I hear the HDD work for 3-4 sec (and its LED on the box is lit). Then the whole thing is repeated again and again.

    I watch 'top' and I notice 4-7 'systemd-coredump' processes are constantly active (each with 11-13% CPU and about 95mb memory). Also some other process called 'tracker-extract' comes to the top of everything every now and then.

    This happens even if I simply login to Plasma without starting any programs whatsoever. FWIW 'akonadictl status' shows that it is stopped.

    I wonder what is going on, is there anything that may need fixing or should I wait for this to go by itself.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    I wonder what is going on, is there anything that may need fixing or should I wait for this to go by itself.

    Any ideas?
    tracker is GNOME's file indexer, and it's obviously indexing your home partition/files.
    And it also seems to be crashing while doing so, which is a more general problem currently it seems (there are a few threads here and bug reports about tracker crashing all the time and causing systemd-coredump to slowing down the system as it creates the coredumps)

    If you don't use GNOME or certain GNOME applications like gnome-music (that doesn't work without tracker), I'd strongly recommend to just uninstall it.
    Last edited by wolfi323; 20-Jan-2018 at 13:45.

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    heyjoe NNTP User

    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Thanks for the quick reply wolfi.

    I use GNOME evolution. Today I also installed totem.
    Would uninstalling that tracker be a problem for them?

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    heyjoe NNTP User

    Red face Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    tracker uninstalled

    Silence is back! Problem solved.

    Thanks wolfi!

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    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    I use GNOME evolution. Today I also installed totem.
    Would uninstalling that tracker be a problem for them?
    Not really...

    But gnome-music gets its music collection from tracker, so only "works" if your music files are indexed by tracker. (and I think gnome-documents works similar, i.e. needs tracker/indexing for its functionality as well...)
    Last edited by wolfi323; 20-Jan-2018 at 14:01.

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    heyjoe NNTP User

    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Thanks for the additional explanation.
    This is strange. I wonder how this packet ever got installed.

    The only GNOME applications which I installed just recently are Evolution and totem. And the problem started just today (although there weren't any particular updates recently regarding those packets).

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    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    Thanks for the additional explanation.
    This is strange. I wonder how this packet ever got installed.

    The only GNOME applications which I installed just recently are Evolution and totem.
    Well, one of them (or even both) obviously pull in tracker directly or indirectly as recommended package.

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    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    Well, one of them (or even both) obviously pull in tracker directly or indirectly as recommended package.
    PS: Actually tracker is pulled in by brasero, which is recommended by totem-plugins...

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    heyjoe NNTP User

    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfi323 View Post
    PS: Actually tracker is pulled in by brasero, which is recommended by totem-plugins...
    Uninstalled that too

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    Default Re: Strange (high) HDD activity

    Quote Originally Posted by heyjoe View Post
    Uninstalled that too
    Unless you lock it it may be reinstalled on next update.

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