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I am using recoll. It seems to me that it builds its (very large) index database into ~/.recoll (not sure what exactly is part of that). Since I can rebuild the database if need be, I would like to not include stuff that I can recover into a full system backup.

Does ~/.recoll contain anything important or can I safely exclude it from a full system backup?

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  • alternatively put recoll somewhere else and make a soft link to it, back it up separately if you want to.
    – pierrely
    Oct 25 at 4:55

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Yes, you can.

As a matter of fact, I let it start with option -c at /mnt/usb-C/C-gegevens/workeRmachine/.recoll which also has the xapian-database. The alias I use is stored in .bashrc, namely:

alias recoll='recoll -c /mnt/usb-C/C-gegevens/workeRmachine/.recoll'

(Do use >> .bashrc!!!)

In the .recoll/recoll.conf I used:

"topdirs=/mnt/usb-C/C-gegevens/workeRmachine/Documents      /mnt/usb-C/C-gegevens/workeRmachine/Pictures"

And I regularly keep the user directory safe by issuing:

rm ~/.recoll

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