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A desktop search tool that provides efficient full text search.

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Recoll integration in Gnome Search Shell

my system is running Ubuntu 21.04 with Gnome 3.38.5 and X11 windowing system I have installed Recoll 1.31.0 and gssp-recoll-1.1.0 and enabled recoll in the search setting. When I type something in the ...
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Can't index .odt files with Recoll under Ubuntu

Recoll can't index Open Document files. When reviewing settings in Recoll, I get next list of missing helpers: External applications/commands needed for your file types and not found, as stored by the ...
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Recoll: Can I safely exclude ~/.recoll from a full system backup?

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 ...
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Recoll. What is the difference between "mime" and "rclcat"?

I'm trying to figure out what is the difference in Recoll between "mime", "rclcat" operators. As I see they both define the type: "rclcat:text" and "mime:text"....
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Searching multiple PDF documents with Recoll

On windows, I use Foxit reader's advanced search to look up terms in multiple PDF documents in a directory. I like how flawless and quick it is moving from one document to another and from one search ...
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recoll query history doesn´t seem to work

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 ...
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Is there a way to download additional stemming packages for Recoll?

Recoll's list of languages where stemming is available via Xapian algorithm lacks a language in which most of my documents are written. I searched both in the Recoll manual for ways of downloading ...
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recoll (desktop-search engine): error-message in a popup-window

when starting recoll (e.g. after booting up the computer) the GUI opens alright. After typing a search-term the search begins but I get an error-message in a popup: Aufrund von Einschränkungen der ...
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Duplicate icons of the same application created on Dock with no WM_class found

I followed all the steps in this answer: https://askubuntu.com/a/975230/719469 However when I run xprop WM_CLASS in Terminal and click on my application's window, it gives me: WM_CLASS: not found. ...
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In Recoll on Ubuntu, how do I specify a particular directory to search?

I specify a directory in my /home as /home/wayne/recoll for Recoll to index docs and html; but it indexes all my files and directories under /home/wayne. How can I restrict it please?
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Recoll as gnome search provider

I'd like to use the recoll index as a search provider in gnome 3. That is, instead of opening recoll and entering my search terms, I'd like to hit super, get gnome overview, enter my search terms and ...
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Why is OCR-Text recognized with whitespaces after every char?

I'm trying to get all my documents scanned and throw away those nasty papers. To simplify this process I recently bought a Brother ADS-2100e scanner. I thought this scanner could create OCR-PDF on USB-...
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Ubuntu default docx parser

I've just installed Recoll to index my text files. It works like a charm, but what surprised me is that it was able to index docx by default, while asked to install antiword to index doc files. I know ...
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How to permanently enable/disable lens

I've installed this old PPA: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:recoll-backports/recoll-1.15-on sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install recoll unity-scope-recoll to get recoll search results integrated ...
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Recoll - how to exclude indexing everything, then I'll add only a couple back in

How do I set Recoll to exclude everything? I will then add a small number of directories. But I mostly want it to NOT index most of the computer. I currently have the default excluded directory in ...
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How do I force Recoll to not check file contents?

I'm trying to simulate the usefulness of the Everything search tool on Windows. Recoll is the only application that comes near it. However, the database it makes is massive (around 2 GB). I think it's ...
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Is there a way to search document contents using a Unity Lens in 14.04 Trusty?

In trusty 14.04, the out-of-the-box install gives you a Unity file and folder search which provides relevance-based search for recently used files (through Zeitgeist) augmented with entire filesystem ...
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In Recoll, how to view the list of files that have been indexed in a specific directory?

please help me finding a solution to the following problem: I have a folder on my W7-NTFS drive with saved webpages files in this folder have been lost, some of the contents of which I have found ...
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recoll executable hogs CPU for days, index dir is 18GB, should I upgrade v1.17 -> 1.20?

I have some problems with the desktop-search tool "recoll", which comes with ubuntu. (I have 15.04) Actually, there are several subquestions, but maybe they are all related. I suspect all questions ...
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Recoll 1.20.1 prebuilt - configure.ac not recognised - './configure' and 'make' isn't working

I'm trying to install the latest version of Recoll (1.20.1) on Ubuntu 14.04. I've downloaded the tar file from the developer website (under 'Source') and copied it to /usr/local/src where I ...
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Effective ways to search in recoll

I have been using recoll for awhile. And I absolutely love it. I have it indexed all my journals, ebooks, pictures, videos and also a wild bunch of pdf's from all over the internet. Topics spanning ...
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Is it possible to use the Unity Dash search features in a different enviornment, such as XFCE? [duplicate]

I have been using the Unity environment on Ubuntu, and although I enjoy the Unity Dash search feature, I want to move away from Unity to the XFCE environment. Is it possible to have the same sort of ...
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How to install Recoll's python:epub helper?

I installed the latest version of Recoll from the ppa because it was claimed it can index epub files. When I select "Show missing helpers" there's "python:epub" in the list. I cannot find it in the ...
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How do I get statistics about my recoll index?

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 ...
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How can I move the results of a Recoll query to a folder?

I'd like to know if it's possible to send matching files from Recoll (searches words or strings in the content of several files .pdf .doc, etc) into a folder. Thanks!
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Recoll won't start

Whenever I try to open recoll, I get a popup box with this message: Configuration problem: Configuration could not be built: Explicitly specified configuration must exist (won't be automatically ...
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How to index Tomboy notes with Recoll?

I would like to index the notes from Tomboy using the recoll desktop search engine. The notes are in XML, stored in .local/share/tomboy. How to do this?
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how to make recoll search or locate folder only not the files

How to make recoll list only folder or directory names instead of files? Or how to filter category to only search for directory names not directory contents (files)? Many times, I can only remember ...
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Can I create two Recoll databases, each for different directories?

I have run Recoll which created a database for my data partition on my internal hard drive. The database is stored under my home partition in the same internal hard drive. I now want to run Recoll to ...
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How do I Recoll Search my NTFS partition?

I have multiple OS in my desktop in which I use recoll and recoll lens for desktop search on Ubuntu. I want to search my NTFS (Windows) partition from Ubuntu desktop. How can I do it? I have looked ...
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