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-8.3 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:

./configure --prefix=/usr     \
            --sysconfdir=/etc \
            --with-session-bus-services-dir=/usr/share/dbus-1/services &&

To test the results, issue: make -k check. The tests should be run from a graphical session. Several tests may output an error if tracker is not already installed.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-session-bus-services-dir=/usr/share/dbus-1/services: This switch defines the location of the dbus-1.12.12 service directory.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


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 2019-02-06 13:00:07 -0600