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Is there any software that keeps track of the content of USB Devices I connect to my System? I have several (~15) USB-Sticks and I can't remember were I put certain files/pictures etc. Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit.

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What do you mean by "keep track of the content"? What output do you expect of it? –  FEichinger Jan 24 '13 at 13:19
    
I mean files, documents, pictures, etc. saved on the usb device. Output could be a text file. –  konrad Jan 24 '13 at 13:34

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git-annex is an excellent solution for command line users. It keeps track of where your files are across local filesystems, external drives, different computers and cloud storage providers. git-annex assistant is a friendly front-end to it, but is still in development.

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Have a look at Gnome Catalog (package gnomecatalog)

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Looks great, but no USB-Devices! –  konrad Jan 24 '13 at 13:44
    
@konrad Just make sure you mount all of them on a descriptive location. E.g. mount USB stick #1 on /media/usbstick01 and the catalog application will just index them there and makes it easy to identify the USB flash drive involved. I would suggest to ask a new question on how to mount them on specific location by device ID. –  gertvdijk Jan 24 '13 at 14:26
    
It may be easier to just change the location using the settings dialog every time you add a new device –  Florian Diesch Jan 24 '13 at 14:31
    
I get error messages: TypeError: iglob() takes exactly 1 argument (2 given) 2013-01-24 15:43:36,336 [WARNING] factory(342): Please report this bug to the Freevo mailing list 2013-01-24 15:43:36,337 [ERROR] factory(341): kaa.metadata.create error –  konrad Jan 24 '13 at 14:45

If you like commandline tool try "mlocate".

It support file name search with "regular expression"

Using a switch you can specify custom database to search. This database can be created using updatedb.mlocate or updatedb (by specify location to index)

To cerate DB:
updatedb -l 0 -o db_file -U source_directory
Eg:updatedb -l 0 -o /tmp/boot.db -U /boot/

To search in the DB
mlocate -id db_file file_to_search

examples
Search for all files in DB boot.db
mlocate -id /tmp/boot.db .*

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ mlocate -id /tmp/boot.db .*
/boot/System.map-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/abi-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/config-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/memtest86+.bin /boot/memtest86+_multiboot.bin /boot/grub/gfxblacklist.txt ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ mlocate -id /tmp/boot.db -r .* mlocate: non-option arguments are not allowed with --regexp ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ mlocate -id /tmp/boot.db -r '.*' /boot /boot/System.map-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/abi-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/config-3.5.0-17-generic /boot/grub /boot/memtest86+.bin /boot/memtest86+_multiboot.bin /boot/grub/gfxblacklist.txt /boot/grub/grubenv
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

search for all files with extension .cfg using regular expression, ignore case
mlocate -i -d /tmp/boot.db -r '.*\.cfg$'

(see man page for more info such as switch)

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Can you provide more information or links to explain how to use this? –  Eliah Kagan Jan 24 '13 at 15:22
    
@eliah-kagan : updated –  totti Feb 1 '13 at 6:30
    
updatedb for locate and updatedb.mlocate for mlocate. –  totti Feb 1 '13 at 15:55
    
By default they're both the same. The generic versions link to links in /etc/alternatives which link to the "m" versions. Do the commands still behave differently? They have the same manpage and it doesn't mention a difference in behavior stemming from how they are invoked... Anyway, can you edit your answer to explain how to use locate and mlocate? –  Eliah Kagan Feb 1 '13 at 18:07
    
Sure. I will, when i have access to my pc. Now i'm in a phone. –  totti Feb 2 '13 at 6:55

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