I am dual booting Xubuntu 18.04 and Windows 10. I mainly use Xubuntu and occasionally Windows. To have my files accessible from both operating systems, I store my Documents, Music, etc folders in an NTFS partition and I symlink them to my Xubuntu home directory using ln.

Now, Catfish does not find a file in, e.g. Documents when I search from home directory. However, if I change the directory to Documents it does.

As I understand it, the problem is that Catfish does not follow symbolic links. However, I don't see any option that enables it to follow them. Am I missing something out? How to make Catfish follow symlinks?


Late answer, but indeed Catfish did not follow symlinks. This has changes with version 1.4.10, where, according to the release notes:

"Symbolic links are now traversed, with actual paths only processed once"

That version of Catfish is available in (X)Ubuntu 19.10.

To make it work in (X)ubuntu 18.04, you could try installing the more recent version on your (X)ubuntu 18.04 installation. The Xubuntu QA Staging repository has the 1.4.10 version for 18.04 (with thanks to Kevin Bowen for pointing this out). Alternatively, you could "mount bind" the ntfs folders in fstab instead of symlinking them. That is a more complicated solution than symlinking, which requires root permissions to implement, but that way, the folders will appear to catfish as regular folders.

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  • Hi! Thanks for the answer! It's good news that there is apparently a fix for this. However I cannot test it yet, since I'm not willing to move to a non-LTS release, and the latest version is 1.4.5 in the link with the most recent version that you posted. So, I'm just upvoting this answer for now and I will mark it as solved once you or anyone else confirm this change (or when I update to 20.04). About mount bind, I didn't know about that option. I'm just automounting the NTFS partition in fstab. If I try that I'll let you know. – BeastOfCaerbannog Nov 19 '19 at 12:34
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    @user3140225 FYI - The Xubuntu QA staging PPA has the 1.4.10 version for 18.04 launchpad.net/~xubuntu-dev/+archive/ubuntu/staging – Kevin Bowen Nov 19 '19 at 12:47
  • @KevinBowen Thanks! Installed and confirmed that it's working now. – BeastOfCaerbannog Nov 19 '19 at 12:50
  • @KevinBowen nice input, which I will gladly include in the answer. – vanadium Nov 19 '19 at 17:00

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