Search Engines, which is the best?

I’ve been testing gnome-search-tool, Beagle and Tracker in Ubuntu. Till now, I’ve been using Beagle, but every now and then it ends up consuming all your cpu and you have to redo your /home/username/.beagle folder, by deleting it and launching the beagle daemon again. Lately, I’ve experienced issues about ram consumption as well. Sick of beagle, I have given Tracker a try. It consumes less ram as it is being developed in C, but it is the same as beagle, it does not give me a lot of power. At the end, I’ve gone back using the gnome-search-tool within nautilus and gnome-search-tool as a standalone app. Incredibly, it is as fast as Beagle and Tracker searching your files. Take into account, that gnome-search-tool is based on the “find” command and “find” is quite powerful and fast. It allows you to search specific folders, a thing that Beagle and Tracker are not able to do. Summing up, it is true that gnome-search-tool does not take into account meta data, but is as fast as Beagle and Tracker and it does not consume your computer resources. I’ll go with gnome-search-tool, find and locate for a long time.

PD. If you were using Beagle, and want to go back using the default nautilus searching engine (gnome-search-tool) you have to remove beagle from your computer and remove the /home/username/.beagle folder. If the .beagle folder exists, nautilus will try to use the beagle search engine.


About jordilin

I'm a Senior Software Engineer with an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering. I've got a range of interests including Linux, a very powerful and limitless operating system, travelling, gastronomy and technology.
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One Response to Search Engines, which is the best?

  1. Sohail Mirza says:

    Oh boy, this is precisely what I was looking for.

    Removing Beagle was one of the best things I’ve done throughout my (relatively new) Ubuntu experience. I installed it in the hopes of having a powerful desktop search tool, but it’s limitations are too many and too severe.

    Being unable to search within a specific folder is simply a deal-breaker for me. It’s trivial to do in Windows, and for a while I was thinking Ubuntu simply wasn’t able to do the same, until I found this post and found that it was a Beagle limitation.

    I’d been wanting to remove Beagle anyways due to its frequent 100% CPU usage, and this searching-within-folders issue gave mthe impetus to finally do so.


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