Introduction to Tracker

Tracker is the file indexing and search provider used in the GNOME desktop environment.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.4 platform.

Package Information

Tracker Dependencies


JSON-GLib-1.4.4, libseccomp-2.3.3, libsoup-2.64.2, and Vala-0.42.5



GTK-Doc-1.29, Python-2.7.15 (for the “functional” tests), and Snowball

User Notes:

Installation of Tracker

Install Tracker by running the following commands:

mkdir build &&
cd build &&

meson --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc .. &&

To test the results, issue: ninja test. The tests should be run from a graphical session. Several tests may output an error due to the Python 2 module for PyGObject3 not being available.

Now, as the root user:

ninja install


Installed Programs: tracker
Installed Library:,, and
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,lib}/tracker-2.0, /usr/share/tracker, and /usr/share/gtk-doc/libtracker-{control,miner,sparql}

Short Descriptions


is a control program for the indexer.

contains control and monitoring functions for miners.

contains data mining functions.

contains resource management and database functions.

Last updated on 2019-02-20 23:16:01 -0800