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Disabling Indexing files in Ubuntu

Since Ubuntu 7.10, the automatic indexing of files is enabled.

  • This means that at regular intervals, a program will read and index the contents of all your files.
  • This is useful if you use the software Tracker or Deskbar, but it takes up a lot of disk space and consumes significant CPU.
  • It is possible to disable it:
    • Go to Menu SystemPreferencesIndexing Preferences
  • Uncheck the two boxes “Enable indexing” and “Enable watching


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