With KDE 4.13, nepomuk and its associated soprano/virtuoso database and storage frameworks has been replaced by something called 'baloo'. The developers are confident: 'There is no explicit “Enable/Disable” button any more. We would like to promote the use of searching and feel that Baloo should never get in the users way.' As a result, the users have high hopes. Is it possible that we finally get a fast desktop search without excessive consumption of resources?
My ~/ occupies a mere 60 GB, and not even half of that are actually indexable data [which I would expect an intelligent desktop search without any possibility of configuration (!) to detect]. All of these data reside on an SSD with a readout speed of 0.435 GB/s, and I have 16 GB of RAM with an access rate of 1.6 GB/s. I would expect a high-speed indexing algorithm (which baloo is supposed to be) to be able to index my drive in not more than 15 min.
What I (and many others) observe instead is a 100% CPU load (on one core) over an extended period of time with a truly horrendous memory consumption. In my case, I've waited 4 hours in which baloo occupied 6 GB RAM on average, with peaks reaching 14 GB. The index created was finally threatening to become larger than all my files combined.
To switch off that amok-running bear, I actually had to search the web. A cleaning process was started after that, again causing full load on one core for several hours. This process left me with an inactive index of 1 GB size.
WTF is wrong with the KDE developers? If that's their idea how to "not getting in the users' way", I really wonder if my infinite patience with them was not just a complete waste of time.
I have two systems running on openbox already. I could imagine having two more.