Beagle badness

Jamie McCracken jamiemcc at
Fri Nov 10 20:37:57 GMT 2006

Jan Claeys wrote:
> Op vrijdag 10-11-2006 om 18:34 uur [tijdzone +0000], schreef Jamie
> McCracken:
>> crashes in tracker-extract are harmless and do not bring down the 
>> tracker daemon
> Edgy has a crash report tool that pops up for every such a crash...  ;)

okay but if the crash occurs in an underlying lib like gstreamer then 
theres not much we can do about it (except report the bugs to them)

I will investigate if the crashes are occuring due to incorrect use of 
gstreamer in tracker-extract

>> As for the 1GB ram can you let me know what file was causing that?
>> tracker itself does not consume significant memory but the underlying 
>> libs like gstreamer might if they are seeking into big video files.
> Not sure which file, but it might have been an .iso (if those are
> indexed?) or the "elephants dream" video.  I don't think there are other
> large files in my home directory.

tracker-extract only extracts embedded metadata so its probably the 
video as we only recently added gstreamer support in 0.5.1 and so that 
bit has not been well tested yet.

>> The tracker-extract is spawned for each file so any memory used is quickly 
>> recovered.
> Well, not so "quickly" if your system starts swapping like mad.  ;-)
>> We might put an upper limit on file sizes that are extracted 
>> if thats the case.
> At least as a temporary measure.

well yes we could add a command line paramter to set maximum file size 
to extract and default to 128MB or so.

Mr Jamie McCracken

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