How to disable baloo in latest KDE (and Kubuntu 14.04)

[ Update 2014-04-20 ]
More stuff to get rid of.
And please vote : https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=331932

I’m not using any semantic desktop and don’t really care about all the search and indexing stuff. Some may find it useful but I don’t.
There is no real way to remove baloo in latest KDE (what you get if you install  Kubuntu 14.04).

So here is how you can get rid of it (from a shell) :

$> sudo mv /usr/bin/baloo_file /usr/bin/baloo_file.orig
$> sudo ln -s /bin/true /usr/bin/baloo_file
$> sudo mv /usr/bin/baloo_file_cleaner /usr/bin/baloo_file_cleaner.orig
$> sudo ln -s /bin/true /usr/bin/baloo_file_cleaner
$> sudo mv /usr/bin/baloo_file_extractor /usr/bin/baloo_file_extractor.orig
$> sudo ln -s /bin/true /usr/bin/baloo_file_extractor
$> echo ‘Indexing-Enabled=false’ >> $HOME/.kde/share/config/baloofilerc
$> ps ax | grep baloo
$> kill all_pid_you_get_above

Relogin and check to be sure.

To clean up baloo cache folder:

$> rm -r $HOME/.local/share/baloo/

4 thoughts on “How to disable baloo in latest KDE (and Kubuntu 14.04)

  1. öyvind

    2.4G /home/oyvinds/.local/share/baloo/file

    great. 2.4GB of what? and the baloo virus is still not done using massive IO slowing my system down. How long does the initial indexing take? It’s been days now and it’s still doing.. something.

    The KDE people could make KDE much more usable and user-friendly and fix bugs but no, instead they have begun removing features and adding useless ones like this badoo crap. It really is sad to see that KDE has begun going the GNOME route.

  2. Shaika-Dzari Post author

    Hi öyvind,

    Baloo developer is reconsidering the enable/disable setting.
    There is a discussion on bugs.kde.org about it. It should be in the next release I guess.
    One of the bugs (additionally to 331932) : https://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=333695

    In the meantime, just link it to /bin/true. This is what I did and it’s fine now.

  3. Geb

    Great, Thanks for this post, it did solve my slowness issue! I’ve just moved onto Kubuntu 14.04, and KDE was soooooo slow, almost every clock you should wait or any action you need to wait about 1-2 sometime 5-6 seconds, this does not hear too slow, but believe me it’s like working on dying x486 PC with Win95 🙂 thanks for help. Now Linux became workable again 🙂 (I even have this in console when you typing anything at some point it can wait for 3-4 seconds and you think it’s not printing letters and type them again very annoying)

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