Many users have had problems with the excessive use of CPU by Baloo, but it is not my case. Even, I must say that the search results in Dolphin they appear much faster now. But hey, if you are not one of those users who uses the Semantic Desktop, this article is for you, as we show you all the known ways to Disable Baloo.
Disable Baloo graphically
For now, when we access the System Preferences »Desktop Search we find something like this:
As you can see, no option to Deactivate Desktop Search will appear, so we have to resort to other alternatives. Apparently the best way right now to prevent Baloo to run, or at least not Index anything, is by adding our / Home at the excluded locations.
Disable Baloo using other methods
The fact of excluding our local folder from the directories where Baloo is going to perform Indexing, it may not be the solution and for some reason the CPU consumption is still high. That is why we can resort to alternative methods such as the ones shown below.
The first alternative method would be to prevent Baloo from starting, so for this we open a terminal and put:
$ sudo mv /usr/share/autostart/baloo_file.desktop /usr/share/autostart/baloo_file.desktop.orig
Another method, perhaps less recommended, is to run:
sudo mv / usr / bin / baloo_file_extractor /usr/bin/baloo_file_extractor.orig sudo ln -s / bin / true / usr / bin / baloo_file_extractor
sudo mv / usr / bin / baloo_file_cleaner /usr/bin/baloo_file_cleaner.orig sudo ln -s / bin / true / usr / bin / baloo_file_cleaner
This should be more than enough to disable Baloo or at least, prevent it from using the CPU by indexing our files. Of course, I repeat that in my case it has not happened to me and the searches (or rather the results) are very fast. More information about Baloo.