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Old 12-03-2017, 01:38 PM   #1
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What does Baloo *really* do?


If Baloo were to work on one of my PCs (KDE on Debian Unstable), would I notice anything different?

I have never been able to get it to work. It stops at some file number or other, carries on consuming about 50% of all 4 CPUs and does nothing else. All I can do is disable it.

I don't really feel its lack but it is frustrating!
 
Old 12-03-2017, 02:07 PM   #2
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It indexes files for file searching. Have you submitted a bug report? https://bugs.kde.org/describecompone...ameworks-baloo
 
Old 12-03-2017, 04:00 PM   #3
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I rarely use KDE, but similar exist on the other DEs. After seeing the effect on my systems for almost no benefit (to me) I always disable background indexers.
 
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:25 AM   #4
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It indexes files for file searching. Have you submitted a bug report? https://bugs.kde.org/describecompone...ameworks-baloo
People have been reporting this problem for years. The KDE team does not seem interested in many reported bugs.

Nevertheless I'll rephrase the question.
What will I notice that's different if Baloo were to work?
 
Old 05-15-2020, 05:09 AM   #5
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Closing this. I simply removed Baloo.
I agree with one of the posters that the KDE team do not seem to be interested in bug fixing - or anyway, did not at the time.


Since then I have switched to Devuan and XFCE - and am a happier man for it!


Thanks to all who replied.
 
Old 05-15-2020, 06:54 AM   #6
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Same thing as "tracker" on Gnome: a useless file indexer that eats CPU cycles.
 
Old 05-15-2020, 07:14 AM   #7
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It quite sad really. When I still worked it was for a Windows-using company. I had Yahoo Desktop Search and it was brilliant. (I had special "privileges" in that I could install just about any useful software without getting tangled in red tape.)

I'd get a call "do you remember when 3 or 4 years ago we had a valve problem and a supplier had a fix which worked well? Who was it and what did it cost?"

My caller would be about to hang up after I asked about his corns or whatever. By that time I had the answers on screen, culled from emails, reports, meeting minutes and documentation.

Pity Linux has lagged behind here.
 
Old 05-15-2020, 07:28 AM   #8
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I personally have never used a search "helper" of this kind for anything because I know where everything is on my system. I have used the windows search tool on AD shares because when you have hundreds of people dumping crap on a share, it gets hard to find things. Microsoft broke this (of course) when they disabled internal file search a few years ago on Windows 7. No clue if it is in Windows 10 as I don't own or use it.

I guess for me, on a PC for personal use, these things are pointless. Maybe somebody has a lot of files and can't find anything or isn't as organized as I am so I could see where they might need help finding things. I always disable or remove these but on the Gnome side this is getting increasingly difficult so I gave up on Gnome entirely.
 
Old 05-15-2020, 09:56 AM   #9
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In my case we were running projects which took 4 to 6 years from inception to commissioning, involving up to 15 contractors. No matter how well organised one is, an indexed search tool is invaluable.


Horses for courses.
 
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I agree with one of the posters that the KDE team do not seem to be interested in bug fixing -
That was you, 2.5 years ago.

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Pity Linux has lagged behind here.
Another loaded statement.
Are you trolling us?
 
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Old 05-16-2020, 12:09 PM   #11
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1. Oops!


2. I don't get the "trolling" bit. What I mean to convey here is that it is a pity that Linux does not have desktop indexing software of the calibre of Yahoo search and its predecessors.


I would be delighted to be proved wrong.
 
  


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