tracker3, a dependency of GTK, a widget toolkit… a tracking library being a dependency of a widget toolkit… the idiocy.
The things we complain about in Windows for privacy concerns are just blindly accepted in Linux. Stupidity reigns supreme.
I can already hear the critics of this post “you’re the one who’s stupid, it’s a filesystem indexer and metadata store”.
Orly. No shit. Then why is it a required dependency of *THE* base library of gnome and other desktop environments that use GTK?
Trust no one, especially people with an agenda and supposedly “free” stuff.
Linux has the very nice
find ./ -name whatever.ext. Why do I need a deamon running in the background tracking everything I do?
I don’t. It’s an unnecessary waste of resources (that means power, money) that always runs in the background.
You can disable it though.
sudo chmod -x /usr/bin/tracker3
sudo chattr +i /usr/bin/tracker3
This is for Archlinux. It should be at the same location in other distributions, we’re folloing conventions right?
What does chmod -x mean? It sets the file to not be able to be executed (ran).
What does chattr +i mean? A file with the ‘i’ attribute cannot be modified: it cannot be deleted or renamed, no link can be created to this file, most of the file’s metadata can not be modified, and the file can not be opened in write mode. Only the superuser or a process possessing the CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE capability can set or clear this attribute.