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"

I've got the Zeitgeist PPA from here: https://launchpad.net/~zeitgeist/+archive/ppa?field.series_filter=maverick. I installed the package zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy, but still cannot get tomboy notes in Synapse's search results. How do I get it to work?

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I am the person who developed zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy. Due to tomboy note format you can only search by the title of the Note and not by the contents.

This is a limitation because for that the whole content of the note has to be stored as an event. (Actually it can be, but doesn't make much sense to fill the database with content already present in Notes)

Try searching by Note Title, if it doesn't work then I can look further.

If you have not enabled this plugin, then please goto Tomboy preferences, and check Zeitgeist Dataprovider

  • Thank you very much for your answer! Searching note title would be great, but I am not even able to do that. I don't think my notes are being logged at all. My version of zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy is: 0.1.0+bzr20100127-0ubuntu1~maverick1~ppa2 (zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy). I see it as enabled in the software centre. And I have enabled Zeitgeist in Synapse. What else should I be doing?
    – geoffrey
    Mar 27, 2011 at 8:28
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    Did you enable this plugin in Tomboy preferences? Mar 28, 2011 at 11:37
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    as R3s3t notes, this no longer works in 11.04: it looks like the package zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy is not available for Natty.
    – geoffrey
    May 18, 2011 at 12:05
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    Yes. This package is actually not available for Natty and Oneiric. I was supposed to release v0.8 of datasources, but since I am on the move, I am not able to do it. I will ask someone else from Zeitgeist team to get the release and package it May 18, 2011 at 12:27
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    zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy is now available for Natty
    – geoffrey
    Jun 16, 2011 at 17:42

Here is a complete how-to (works in Oneiric):

  1. Open a terminal and write: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install zeitgeist-datasource-tomboy

  2. Restart your computer (maybe restarting Tomboy is enough, I did not check).

  3. Open Tomboy Preferences, Add-ins tab. Choose Logging category, and enable Zeitgeist Dataprovider Add-in.

  4. Every note you open from now on will appear in the Synapse results box.

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