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Unity's Dash is not searching files that I have opened before, only Applications. Neither Global nor Files lenses are showing any results.

In then Files lens, I can view most recent documents, but that's it.

I suspect it is caused by my home folder's encryption, due to errors displayed in /var/log/syslog:

[ 1868.382095] ecryptfs_encrypt_page: Error attempting to write lower page; rc = [-5]
[ 1868.382099] ecryptfs_writepage: Error encrypting page (upper index [0x000000000000000f])

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closed as too localized by James Feb 29 '12 at 18:15

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The error messages you're seeing here are related to ecryptfs obviously, but they're actually a red herring. That is, they should not actually be causing Unity's Dash to not search your files.

I thought, perhaps, Unity blacklisted encrypted files in the way that updatedb and locate do, but that does not appear to be the case. I can confirm that I have an encrypted directory with file names, and Unity's dash is able to search my files okay.

Full disclosure: I am the author of Ubuntu's Encrypted Home Directory feature and the current maintainer of eCryptfs.

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