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Beagle was my favorite. But it is not maintained anymore, afaik. And it does not work reasonably; it stops working spontaneously and does not return any result. How can I correct this problem and if it is not possible what alternatives are available? Thank you.

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One tool I can recommend is tracker. If you install the software, it is started automatically when you log in. It updates its index as a background process. If you want to search some item, there are different possibilities:

  1. Nautilus: Press Ctrl+f. A windows opens where you can enter your search term.
  2. GNOME applet: The deskbar applet allows you to enter a search term and shows a listing of found things.
  3. Catfish: is a application which can talk with different search programs.
  4. console: enter tracker-search foobar and tracker will start its search.
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I use recoll. It's very nice.

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Recoll even has a unity lens for Ubuntu 11.10. Try this PPA –  Jakob Mar 26 '12 at 11:41
Customizable searches from command line. The backend of recoll is Xapian, the same engine used for website search apps like SOLR –  hobs Aug 12 '12 at 20:37

Have you considered using Tracker? It appears to be the replacement of Beagle in the Ubuntu Desktop and has been integrated with most applications in Ubuntu. sudo apt-get install tracker tracker-search-tool

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