Does Everything constantly updates the database?

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Does Everything constantly updates the database?

Post by vsub » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:47 am

For example,if I am copying\moving\deleting over 10000 small files,does everything updates the database on every change while the main window is visible\closed(with hide on close ini settings)

If I am doing intensive copying\moving\deleting operations,does everything does something that can slow the process down(increase the reading needed from the hdd)

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Re: Does Everything constantly updates the database?

Post by NotNull » Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:37 am

Everything "lives" in RAM. On start the database gets loaded from disk to RAM; on exit the other way around. In the meantime: no writing to disk.

Everything keeps track of all the changes to the filesystem(s).
If needed, you can stop this tracking temporarily by typing this command in the Everything search bar:
(and press Enter)
To resume this tracking, use
(and press Enter)
Everything will automatically pick up the changes it missed during the pause.

But the easiest way to make sure Everything isn't slowing down your file manipulations is .. Exit Everything :). Right-click Everything in the systemtray (notification area) and choose Exit.

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Re: Does Everything constantly updates the database?

Post by void » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:45 am

When Everything is notified of a change to your volume, it will read extended file information of the file that has changed from disk.

For USB volumes this can be a pain because they don't handle concurrent reads very well, or at all.
Everything will sometimes freeze up when writting to a USB volume.

To disable gathering extended file information:
In Everything, type in the following search and press ENTER:
extended_information_cache_monitor=0 will be shown in the status bar for a view seconds.

Note: when disabled, file sizes, dates and attributes may be reported in Everything incorrectly.

Another option is to disable File Size, Date and attribute indexing:
  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the Indexes tab.
  • Uncheck Index File Size.
  • Uncheck Index Date modified.
  • Uncheck Index Date created.
  • Uncheck Index Date accessed.
  • Uncheck Index Attributes.
  • Click OK.

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