There is something like a .gitignore to say "please, don't index here" to Tracker?

I have some subfolders scattered through folders indexed by Tracker that I don’t wanna index.
For example, some game content and node.js modules with thousands of files.

There is something like a .gitignore to say “please, don’t index here” to Tracker?

I prefer this kind of solution instead of a complex list of folders to be indexed (I could move folders and files … and I’ll need update lists … with a “.gitignore” of tracker … I don’t need to update nothing …)

my config says

$ gsettings get org.freedesktop.Tracker.Miner.Files ignored-directories-with-content
['.trackerignore', '.git', '.hg', '.nomedia']

so putting one of that files in a folder should be enough to tell tracker to not index from there down.
(I think, never tried :slight_smile: )


Wow, this was fast!
And the name (.trackerignore) is the same logic that I was thinking …
I tested and it worked!

I’ve added a note about this to the FAQ at I recommended using the .nomedia name for consistency with Android but .trackerignore will continue to work too.


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