My system is Linux/Lubuntu 18.04.3.LTS, 64 bit. I´ve been using recoll for quite a while now. I´ve updated to version 1.26.1 just now and noticed that clicking on "Show query history" doesn´t yield any results". What could be the matter here? It used to work just fine.

The ~/.recoll/saved_queries folder is empty. So no query history is stored in the first place.

Tnx and cheers


With the help of Jean-François Dockes, the Recoll developer, I could solve the problem: You need to edit ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.conf and add/change the following line with a text editor:


In my case the value was set to "0", therefore no query history. With the value of "-1" it works just fine.

screenshot settings for Recoll 1.23.7 + Xapian 1.4.5

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Note that in addition to the prefs\historysize setting, if you have recoll version 1.26.0 or later this can also be changed with the GUI by going to "Preferences" -> "GUI configuration" and setting "Maximum size of search history" to -1.

Recoll - User Preferences

This feature was added October 4, 2019.

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  • Hi Nathaniel. Thanks for your suggestion. Alas my GUI doesn´t have the respective option. See my original post: "screenshot settings for Recoll 1.23.7 + Xapian 1.4.5". So editing ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.conf seems to be my only solution. – Rosika May 7 at 13:16
  • @Rosika Thanks for the reminder; I forgot that I'm using a PPA with a more recent version. I've added the version this feature was added to avoid confusion. – Nathaniel M. Beaver Jun 19 at 16:53
  • Thanks for the information. It´s all clear now. – Rosika Jun 21 at 11:47

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