Today gvfsd-metadata process was running for a whole day hogging 100% of a single core of my CPU. Is there any reason for it to do it?

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    If any gnome3 guru has better explanation or answer --- please post it ;)
    – jb.
    Jan 7, 2014 at 17:41

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AFAIK gvfsd-metadata is a process that collects file metadata when you use Nautilus. If your metadata store got corrupted somehow, it might get stuck on an infinite loop. So you'll have to kill that process, and remove the metadata store.

 pkill gvfsd-metadata 
 rm -rf .local/share/gvfs-metadata
  • I had too pkill gvfsd. Btw, using htop, I nice all cpu hungry processes to 19, so machine became much more usable; I think a script doing this with cpu hungry processes could be a good thing :) Mar 6, 2016 at 6:24

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