Install the package.
Usage and configuration
In order to search using Baloo on the Plasma desktop, start KRunner (default keyboard shortcut
ALT+F2) and type in your query. Within Dolphin press
CTRL+F. Alternatively, for command-line usage, there is
baloosearch [OPTIONS] query, which supports
complex queries such as
baloosearch //?query=tag:coolpicture AND width:100,
balooshow [OPTIONS] filename to show the data baloo has stored for the file.
By default the Desktop Search KCM exposes only two options: A panel to blacklist folders and a way to disable it with one click. Alternatively you can edit your
~/.config/baloofilerc file (info).
balooctl process can also be used to control Baloo, e.g. in order to stop/start Baloo use
balooctl stop or
balooctl start to resume.
Once you added additional folders to the blacklist or disabled Baloo entirely, a process named
baloo_file_cleaner removes all unneeded index files automatically. These are stored under
Indexing a removable or remote device
By default every removable and remote device is blacklisted. It is possible to remove devices from the blacklist in the KCM panel.
Disabling the indexer
To disable the Baloo file indexer:
$ balooctl stop $ balooctl disable
The indexer will be disabled on next login.
Alternatively, disable Enable File Search in System settings under Search > File search.
Inotify folder watch limit error
If you get the following error:
KDE Baloo Filewatch service reached the inotify folder watch limit. File changes may be ignored.
Then you will need to increase the inotify folder watch limit:
# echo 524288 > /proc/sys/fs/inotify/max_user_watches
To make changes permanent, create a