I recently installed recoll and its Unity lens, and started indexing most of my home drive. Photos, Documents, music, sourcecode, everything.

It is still running (no surprise there) and I would like to know how big the index is now. But neither recoll nor recollindex seem to give a command line option to display statistics about the index, and I didn't find an option in the GUI either.

How do I get statistics about the index?

  • May be the only way is to check idxstatus.txt file.
    – user.dz
    May 22, 2014 at 16:32

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You can get raw statistics about the index size by checking the size of the index directory, by default ~/.recoll/xapiandb: du ~/.recoll/xapiandb

With a recent Recoll version, you can also get more structured statistics from the Recoll GUI: open the "Term explorer" tool (yes I know, not too intuitive...), and choose the "Index statistics" entry from the top dropdown list

  • Whoohaa, my index for ~400K documents is bordering 4GB :P May 23, 2014 at 16:58

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