The main objective of tracker is that the user can quietly forget about the directory tree where you left a file, you just have to remember something about him. Tracker is a system that automatically extracts useful information and metadata of all the files that the user wants, so that he only has to remember some information associated with a file to be able to find it: the name of an album, a word from a text, the subject of an email… Tracker is able to search and find information, not just filenames.

The idea is to have a layer between the user and all the files stored on the machine’s hard drive, so that all the applications that are integrated with Tracker can access that layer. detailed and ordered information and try to leave aside the conventional structure of directories and file search.

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There’s still a long way to go to see that real integration of applications and information that it can make life much easier for all users, but it can already be seen that things are starting to work well and that we are on the right track.

“Víctor already spoke”: about this great tool in SamaGame almost two years ago, when the project was just starting but comparisons with “Beagle”: were starting and the performance was much better. It has rained a lot during all this time, and now Tracker is still not part of the official structure of Gnome but there are systems like Ubuntu that have it installed by default on the desk.

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Regarding the speed and consumption of resources, the program is written in C for maximum efficiency and RAM memory consumption is minimal, around 8MB. It is fully integrated into Gnome and allows you to assign labels to any type of file, for a maximum thematic organization of the user regardless of the physical location of the files.

For configure Tracker go to System -> Preferences -> Search and Indexing. There you can modify the different program options, such as: * Activate/deactivate indexing if working with battery. * Also index the content of the files. * Automatic generation of file thumbnails. * Index mounted devices (external drives, for example). * Specify the directories that you want to index. * Index the mails stored in Evolution. * Performance and resource consumption options.

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Tracker is in the repositories of most distributions, but you can also download the source code from the official project page.

When activating Tracker will start automatically when starting a new session and an icon will appear in the notification area from which to access the search window and the settings panel. If not, go to System -> Preferences -> Sessions and add a new program at the start of the session with the command: trackerd. To make the notification area icon appear as well, add a new program to startup with the command: tracker-applet.

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