Getting rid of Tracker on Linux Desktops

Every now and then processes around the unwanted ‘tracker’ spyware eats my CPU and turns my laptop into a loud hairdryer.

Unfortunately it’s often impossible to uninstall it without loosing half the desktop-related packages.

This is how to stop it once and for all (per user, as user):

systemctl --user stop tracker-extract.service systemctl --user stop tracker-store.service systemctl --user disable tracker-extract.service systemctl --user disable tracker-store.service killall tracker-miner-fs killall tracker-miner-apps killall tracker-extract killall tracker-store rm -rf ~/.cache/tracker/