Gnome Control Center Search
For beginning there is the new Search Panel in G-C-C that provides us with some options, like to add the folders we want the system to search for and indexing.
If we add a new Search Location here, the results will also be displayed in GNOME Shell Search. Cool, but we can do more!
Tracker Indexing Preferences
There is a nice interface to manage some options of Tracker. The package in Fedora 19 is called “tracker-ui-tools” and isn’t installed by default. To get it:
$ sudo yum install tracker-ui-tools
Obviously you can look for it in every distro. After installing it you can launch it by
You can also started it within Shell AppsOverview, but I am just giving the command name for what’s it worth.
The most important part here is the option to control indexing under certain circumstances. For example to speed up your box, you can set indexing to take place only when computer is idle. Indexing is a heavy process and no matter how good Tracker is, it could be proven quite resources-hungry.
This is quite similar to G-C-C Search Panel, but you also have an extra option to remove the recursive search. It could be handy if for example you want Shell to search for files inside a Folder, but not in Sub-Folders.
One more nice thing, is that you can exclude certain files or even directories from your search.
Ok this is Linux, and CLI just can’t be missing ;)
To discover all Tracker CLI options just hit in terminal..
$ tracker-search --help
And to discover all Tracker tools
$ tracker-[double Tab for autocomplete]
More Tracker Options
The absolute Tweak Tool of GNOME is nothing else than DConf-Editor, which it reminds me a bit the “about:config” in Firefox.
With DConf you can change pretty much everything in your system, and not just Tracker behavior. A must have Tool for every GNOME System!