Zeitgeist is an event logger which keeps a track of your activities while you are using your computer (any supported computing device). This information can then be used for various of useful cases like logs, statistics etc

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How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity?

I sometimes browse erotic media files but I would like to avoid having them appear in files & folders / recent. How can I do that? The old "making .recently-used.xbel a folder" trick from 10.10 ...
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How to hide recent files and most used apps?

How can I hide recent files that my Ubuntu Netbook's unity menu shows when I click on the files and folder icon? Okay ! I watch porn sometimes and right after that it appears in the files and folder ...
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How can I disable recent documents in Unity?

How do I disable the tracking and display of recently opened files (and whatever else is remembered) in a default installation of Ubuntu? (This question originally concerned 11.10, but now that I'm on ...
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How do I delete the entire history (Recently Used Items) in the dash?

I want to delete all the history of the unity dash about files, videos, text files, images, etc. I find it surprising that the best thing that activity log manager can do is to delete the history of ...
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Disabling Zeitgeist

I have zeitgeist daemon always in processes. I don't see the point of this zeitgeist, it logs my activity. i removed it from startup programs, but it is still there. Can I uninstall this package? Why ...
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Prevent gnome-shell's dash from listing Recent Items

I am using gnome-shell in Ubuntu 11.10. I am getting annoyed when dash search lists Recent Items. I have tried many ways to prevent it like Deleting activity.sqlite and activity.sqlite-journal files ...
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Deeper Unity search indexing

Unity is currently only indexing and displaying a shallow set of file results. Suppose I want to open the file "/home/Music/Creedence Clearwater Revival/Willy and the Poor ...
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Hidden files are shown in Dash

I have several hidden files in a folder that are private and need to remain private. I do not mind people seeing what I do on my system but after I open one of these files I can find them through ...
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Privacy: Record activity ON?

In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, System Settings > Privacy > Files, 'Record Activity' is ON by default. What does this mean exactly? Which activities are being recorded? Where can I find the recorded data?
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What exactly does Zeitgeist index?

I am not clear on this. Does Zeitgeist index the contents of my document so searches are more relevant? Or is Zeitgeist only searching the name/extension of my documents?
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Temporarily stopping Zeitgeist

Is there a way to temporarily stop Zeitgeist / the Zeitgeist daemon? I've tried killing the daemon but it just restarts. I've tried stopping it, but it still seems to add entries to the Activity ...
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Is there a way I can block a folder from Gnome and/or Unity search?

I sometimes browse erotic media files, and I have some of them stored in my hard drive. All said content is saved in one specific folder. Is there a way I can block this folder from Gnome and/or ...
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What is zeitgeist used for?

For what does Ubuntu use Zeitgeist? I am using Ubuntu right now and found out that Ubuntu desktop (so unity) work with Zeitgeist core and much more. Are there differences between the film ...
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Where does Zeitgeist store its data?

I want to move Zeitgeist data for a user from one computer to another. He uses Gnome Activity Journal, and it would be nice to move his history.
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Can the Unity dash search for content within files?

Hi was wondering if Unity Search can get or will have support for content search? I know tracker can index your files and you can then search for them, but is it possible to get this with "in" unity? ...
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Any search tool for LXDE menu?

I just installed lxde to boot into when laptop is using battery, but I really miss at least a simple search feature, I am used to Unity so I find myself losing too much time navigating on the menus, ...
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Unity “Files & Folders” lens can't find anything

Recently, the Unity "Files & Folders" lens can not find anything I am searching for using the dash. Let's give an example : I want to find a document called "Figure_1.png". Before this trouble, I ...
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How do I disable file indexing?

How can I disable file indexing in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?
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Will Unity offer Synapse goodness?

The Synapse launcher was recently released, offering the following features: Search and open apps and items. Run any command. Directory search - allows opening of commonly used directories Gnome ...
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What qualifies an application as frequently used?

I am aware that something called Zeitgeist is used to determine the "Most Frequently Used" part of the unity dashboard, but i was wondering what the specifics where. I know the amount of applications ...
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Internet category not returning any results in Synapse

I recently installed Synapse and I noticed there is an Internet category on the far right, but there it doesn't return any results. What do I need to do to enable it to search my web browsing history? ...
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Gnome Activity Journal does not show recently used files

I am running ubuntu 10.10, and installed Gnome Activity Journal. However it does not show any recently used files. I have attached a screenshot below. Please note that gnome activity journal has ...
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'zeitgeist-fts' always using a lot of memory!

What is zeitgeist-fts?! It's always in the 3 top positions of memory usage (competing with Firefox and Compiz!!) ... After a fresh boot it uses about 30 MB, but after some hours or a day, it goes ...
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Unity stopped working after zeitgeist uninstall

In previous question I asked how to disable zeitgeist Disabling zeitgeist. After I removed all packages, I was unable to find anything via unity launcher! Shortcuts to media apps, internet ...
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How do I install gedit without Zeitgeist?

I do not like this zeitgeist thingy. Because it is neither possible to (easily) configure it to shut up, nor is it possible to (easily) remove it without breaking other things. Unfortunately, the ...
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Make Zeitgeist aware of downloaded files from Firefox/Chrome [closed]

I'd like to make Zeitgiest aware of files I've downloaded from Chrome/Firefox. Currently Zeitgeist only becomes aware of them once they've been opened in some other program. This would be helpful ...
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Deleting last few hours of zeitgeist history like in Firefox?

I want to open secret files on Ubuntu Natty and after my work delete the history of open files or any recorded activity during last: one hour three hours one day one week etc... how can I do this, ...
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Why is cat running as a daemon on Ubuntu 12.04?

/bin/cat appears to be running as a persistent daemon on my 12.04 system. $ ps aux | grep cat detlef 2278 0.0 0.0 8680 352 ? S 06:13 0:00 /bin/cat Why does Ubuntu 12.04 need cat running as a ...
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How do I get Synapse to search my Tomboy notes?

In this bug report https://bugs.launchpad.net/synapse-project/+bug/683550 it says "Tomboy has a dataprovider for Zeitgeist, so if you have that Tomboy notes should be easily searchable using Synapse" ...
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How to make user created software and folder searchable by Unity?

I have created a new folder in home directory, and put a downloaded program in this folder, how to make both this folder and program searchable by the system when using quick launch/search utility?
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Clear “Most Frequently Used” in “Applications”?

In the new Ubuntu, can you clear "Most Frequently Used" in "Applications"?
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Zeitgeist does not index folders in NTFS partition

I am using Synapse + Unity Dash for searching and it seems that neither of these can index folders I've accessed in my NTFS partition. I believe this is because Zeitgeist does not index folders, and ...
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Unity search, how to get rid of certain results?

When i want to run the calculator, i click on unity first icon (dashboard?), and then i start to type : ca : is showing the calculator as first result (probably because zeitgeist recorded that its ...
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My Dash does not show recent applications. What can I do to fix that?

For some unknown reason, my Unity dash doesn't show recent applications. I am guessing it could be related to the fact that I have a newer version of zeitgeist than the standard repo provides (I use a ...
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Did Synapse forget everything and so why?

I've been using Synapse for a while now. The earlier bug regrading the lacking ability to remember recurrent launches was fixed. I've been launching the same documents I am working on at the moment ...
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How can I prevent certain directories/files from appearing in Unity's dash?

This question may sound similar to the following for which solutions are documented: How can I keep recent files from appearing in Unity? But my problem is that the Dash (in 10.10) not only lists ...
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How can I get a set of files into the Zeitgeist index for dash access?

I understand, based on a number of other sources, that files will not appear in a dash search until they have been opened, due to the search drawing from zeitgeist. As an example, this is ...
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How to remove a specific folder from the Ubuntu search? [duplicate]

Is there a way to block a specific folder's files from showing up in the Unity search?
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Is there a way to look at the raw logs of zeitgeist?

Zeitgeist logs your activity in Unity. Is there a way to look at the raw logs it creates?
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Extreme privacy setting in Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu is one of the greatest OS that I have ever used. However, I just wonder about the privacy because some of my activity will be sent to Cannonical server. Are there any ways to prevent my data ...
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Is there a shell-independent search tool like the Unity's Dash?

The only thing I will miss after moving to LXDE from Unity will be the Unity Dash. Its functionality, not the piss-poor performance that is. So here's my question. I know there is synapse but AFAIK it ...
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How to display files and applications activity?

I would like to display the activity recorded by Zeitgeist on my Ubuntu system.
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after remove zeitgeist, there is no unity in Ubuntu

Because zeitgeist continuously access the hard disk, I removed zeitgeist package completely. After that, when trying to log into Ubuntu, there is no more unity option, only Genome, Genome (no ...
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zeitgeist-daemon excessive RAM usage

I have installed last week Ubuntu 11.04 64 on a new machine. I am running the GUI using Unity. However I have noticed that after 1-2 hours the process zeitgeist-daemon starts using excessively the ...
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Unity Dash “Most Frequently Used” Application Disappeared, How to Reinstall Unity & Zeitgeist Completely?

My "Most Frequently Used" Applications in Unity Dash disappeared. I tried to: reset unity with unity --reset, removing Zeitgeist history with rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite, and even ...
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Does the new “privacy” button have a log?

I was just wondering if there was a log that shows exactly what the various applications are taking a history of?
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Tomboy notes logged by zeitgeist do not appear in the Unity dash. Why not?

I am able to search my Tomboy notes using Synapse (and using a zeitgeist plugin), after following the instructions here: How do I get Synapse to search my Tomboy notes? My notes also appear in the ...
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Is there a desktop-wide privacy mode?

With Zeitgeist now tracking everything I really think we need a privacy mode like the one Firefox offers. There is a ridiculous amount of history and caches being stored in Ubuntu from thumbnails to ...
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“Recent Files” entries via command line apps?

I process lots of files via the command line, e.g. using my own shell or python scripts. Is there an easy way to add the files that I manipulate to the Unity "recent files" list so I can then easily ...
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Activity log manager is not preventing Zeitgeist from logging files

I am running Gnome Shell and I do not like Zeitgeist indexing all my files. This makes the overview search in gnome-shell very slow. I do not want the overview to search recent files, so I installed ...