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A first look at Tracker 0.6.0

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Tracker 0.6.0 was released earlier this week. The latest version of the open source search and indexing system includes an assortment of long-awaited features like support for indexing chat logs and e-mails, a graphical preferences dialog, and an improved search tool user interface. I tested Tracker 0.6.0 on my desktop computer, which runs Ubuntu 7.04.

Tracker, which is designed to have a low impact on system resources, has a smaller memory foot print than Beagle, but occasionally hogs CPU. The Tracker daemon's processor consumption sometimes spikes to 100 percent and remains at that level for brief periods of time during indexing. Unfortunately, Tracker doesn't seem to come with any tools that provide insight into what is currently being indexed at any given time, so it's hard to tell what kind of files are causing the indexer to behave erratically. After the initial indexing process, resource consumption reduced to an acceptable level.

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