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Zeitgeist is an event logger which keeps a track of your activities while you are using your computer (any supported computing device). This information can then be used for various of useful cases like logs, statistics etc

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How to track time using zeitgeist in Ubuntu 20.04

I have no clue how to use zeitgeist after installing it with apt. It seems to be a tracker that dumps the data somewhere but there is no viewer!! The so called “GNOME Activity Journal” and zeitgeist-...
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A weird 16TB file in my SSD

Somehow, a file has appeared on my SSD which is larger than the SSD itself. The file is 16 TB in size and is located on my /home partition which is only 220 GB. The path is (if that's relevant) ~/....
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terminal that logs to dbus

do you know of a terminal that logs file accesses and such to dbus? I am asking because I have been using the xterm more than any file explorers but xterm does not send anything to dbus. This has ...
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Does Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 LTS "track" users in any way?

I am considering Ubuntu Server 18.04.2 LTS for a personal home server. Though, reading online about things like Zeitgeist and Unity Dash (Online Search Results) I became a bit concerned about privacy. ...
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Removing Ubuntu's Privacy Breaching Features [closed]

I want to remove all tracking features from Ubuntu in a single line (or a few) lines of Bash script. Is this enough or am I missing something: $ sudo apt-get remove zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-...
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Recent Used or Launched GUI Application (Similar to bash_history)

Is there something in Gnome or Ubuntu 18.04 that will show the recent used GUI applications. For the command line commands there is the Bash History log which I use all the time. If I can see a list,...
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Why `systemctl` doesn't list/manage `zeitgeist-daemon`, and what/who actually does?

Previous subject: "zeitgeist-daemon: what keeps restarting it and how to make it stop?" Updated subject (can revert if I am wrong): May be, this question should actually be "Why systemctl doesnt list/...
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Why is zeitgeist daemon still in exitstance? How to remove the database

I found out I had the zeitgeist daemon on my computer, I noticed its been collecting info on me for years. How do I remove it, and its database. because I have uninstalled it, then I reinstalled it ...
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Increasing the number of recently used items in KDE

I have recently switched to Kubuntu 17.04 and one of the things I miss most about my previous GNOME-based setup is the ability to search through a long chronology of my recently used files. From what ...
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PCManFM actions not tracked in zeitgeist

zeitgeist and gnome-activity-journal seem like a good answer to many of my family-tech-support issues. (I can't find the document I just edited!) Installed them on family Lubuntu machines and, in the ...
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Alternatives for Monitoring and logging changes anywhere in file system [Ubuntu 14.04] [duplicate]

I would like to monitor and log following changes in file system: Opening and closing of any file by any user. Creation/deletion of file by any user. Files downloaded by any user. After some ...
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Unity-dash - disable Zeitgeist as search engine permanelty

Following up this question, I've managed to locate any file on my computer (and not only those which had been recently opened) by inputting the following command on the terminal sudo updatedb -U $...
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Configure Zeitgeist to show frequently accessed files in Dash

Four years later, Dash still shows irrelevant results when I search for files. I have a file "Expenses.xlsx" that I open and save every day. However, when I search for "exp", even "Expenses", I get ...
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Strange atime changes in home-folder

I recently recognized some strange behavior of my system and my atime-records of my /home files. I tried to code a simple script to check whether some files in the /Downloads folder are untouched for ...
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The System monitor says that a process named zeitgeist takes up about 450 MB of memory

Is that normal? What happens if I uninstall it?
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How do I block Zeitgeist from ever being installed on my system?

How do I block Zeitgeist from ever being installed on my system? I find it quite frustrating that this is continually trying to sneak in the back door. I do not want this on my computers, ever though ...
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I deactivated zeitgeist and need help reactivating it

All I have been able to do is to activate it in the startup programs, but not in the privacy settings, it looks different now. I also run from a terminal: sudo chmod -x /usr/bin/zeitgeist-daemon sudo ...
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How to populate zeitgeist with firefox favorites and visited pages

Pretty straightforward question here. How to populate zeitgeist with the pages visited & favs from Firefox? I remember that there was a package/extension that provided that in the past, but I ...
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make unity file lens find all files

I am one of the few, that likes the idea of unity lenses and scopes :) Unfortunately, the file lens is not finding all files from my personal folder, just some recent (I assume they are coming from ...
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Unable to replicate xsessions/ubuntu.desktop in Ubuntu desktop 14.04 (with xsession-errors)

I have been loosing quite a lot of hair over this one. I am trying to get a second x-session behaving exactly as the default one provided by ubuntu.desktop. So here is what I did: copied ubuntu....
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how to use Zeitgeist activity logger

My daughter uses Ubuntu and I want to WATCH her activity not lock it down. I'd rather give her the freedom to make choices over filtering her content. Google search has turned up Zeitgeist as a ...
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How to force HUD ( zeitgeist? ) to re-scan? [duplicate]

So I just installed something via a .deb file and I see no reason why I should have to close all of my apps and log out to get it to show up in the HUD. Is there a command that tells the HUD to check ...
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What can I safely remove from Ubuntu and still have a decent graphic interface?

I have come to like Linux, Unix, and the GUI's but sometimes I remove too many things and lose the ability to boot back into the same interface I was using before I rebooted. most of the time I have ...
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Problems with 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS upgrade

I decided to upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. I used do-release-upgrade. Everything worked. When I run lsb_release -a I get : Description : Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS Release : 14.04 Codename : ...
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"unlock from launcher" option not working

On 14.04 "Unlock from launcher" option is not working. I have removed zeitgeist and I do not have any folder in .local/share/zeitgeist. [EDIT] It seems removing zeitgeist is the cause of the problem....
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How do I re-install Zeitgeist Datahub in the Startup Application Preferences

I stupidly removed Zeitgeist Datahub from Startup Application Preferences. How do I re-install it back there precisely as it was originally?? To put the question in another way: I did try to re-...
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Recent Items missing Zeitgeist

I want to delete history and disable recent items recording. So i went to Zeitgeist options, but there is no Recent Items or Files tab only 'Security', 'Search' and 'Diagnostics' tab. But in my guest ...
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How to display files and applications activity?

I would like to display the activity recorded by Zeitgeist on my Ubuntu system.
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firefox lost connection after shooting down zeitgeist

What was happening in the following situation? Firefox couldn't connect to the internet, but sudo firefox could. I had 13.10 32b on Lenovo with amd64. The not so relevant story goes as follows: I ...
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Indexers - Which are in use by which projects? Nepomuk, Zeitgeist, Tracker? [closed]

I am trying to get an idea if indexers like Zeitgist or Nepomuk are in active use by the various desktops or are they being phased out and replaced? Most of the documentation online for these seem to ...
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Recent file viewer for Xfce?

Is there any other ''recent file viewer'' besides Gnome Activity Journal? Since GAJ doesn't seem to work using Xfce.
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'zeitgeist-fts' always using a lot of memory!

What is zeitgeist-fts?! It's always in the 3 top positions of memory usage (competing with Firefox and Compiz) . After a fresh boot it uses about 30 MB, but after some hours or a day, it goes above ...
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Safe to exclude ~/.local/share/zeitgeist in a home folder backup?

Ubuntu 13.04. I am configuring a home folder backup using Ubuntu's built-in backup function and Ubuntu One as the destination. My home folder is fairly large, and I'm looking for folders that I ...
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Removed Zeitgeist, Ubuntu 12.04 starts in terminal

I did the mistake to remove zeitgeist, which uninstalled many important packages. I use Unity and first it just didn't let me login. Later I removed some more packages like python-nautilus, while I ...
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Extreme privacy setting in Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu is one of the greatest OS that I have ever used. However, I just wonder about the privacy because some of my activity will be sent to Cannonical server. Are there any ways to prevent my data ...
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Why doesn't removing "recently-used.xbel" clear my "Recent" folder?

I have searched on Google, and I have completed the following steps: Delete "all" activity history from the "Privacy" application. Remove the file "recently-used.xbel" from ~/.local/share $ nautilus -...
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How do I inspect Zeitgeist

On Ubuntu 13.04, is there a tool that allows me to inspect the contents of the Zeitgeist logs?
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What are the places where does Ubunty saves recent user activity and tools to clean them?

I'd like to clear (and disable tracking if possible) all the recent user activity tracking (like most recently accessed files (MRU) and applications, thumbnail caching etc.). The only thing I do NOT ...
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Why does my Firefox profile folder keep showing up in Recently Used (files/folders)?

In "Privacy and Activity Mgr", (I would think) the following are my relevant settings: yet in Nautilus, my Firefox profile folder shows up (usually as the first entry) in the Recently Used (file/...
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Restrict file search to ONE folder and it's subs

When I go to Settings > Privacy > Files (tab) It provides me with the option to provide a list of folders: "Don't record activity in the following folders" However, I'd like to be able to do the ...
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How can I make a KDE app (Okular) register its actions with Zeitgeist?

I don't really enjoy Evince, and I use Okular for my pdf needs. Okular is nice, but when I open a document with it, it's not added to my recent documents, nor appear in the fast dash file search (it ...
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How to enable zeitgeist logging for emacs on ubuntu 12.04

I would like the files I open in emacs to show up in the dash under the files lens. As far as I understand zeitgeist is doing the work, but I can't seem to find the emacs zeitgeist data provider that ...
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Unity dash search

I have my personal folders to a different partition other than home, I had a series of symlinks in my home folder pointing to the folders on the other partition. This was causing multiple entries in ...
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What information does Zeitgeist collect?

Richard Matthew Stallman has called Ubuntu "Spyware". Does the program called Zeitgeist spy? How can I disable it? What type of data does Zeitgeist send out?
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Is there a shell-independent search tool like the Unity's Dash?

The only thing I will miss after moving to LXDE from Unity will be the Unity Dash. Its functionality, not the piss-poor performance that is. So here's my question. I know there is synapse but AFAIK it ...
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Does Zeitgeist slow performance considerably

This was talked to me today and I actually did not have a proper answer, so I was wondering if Zeitgeist had any impact in performance. For example if comparing Ubuntu with and without Zeitgeist in ...
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Any search tool for LXDE menu?

I just installed lxde to boot into when laptop is using battery, but I really miss at least a simple search feature, I am used to Unity so I find myself losing too much time navigating on the menus, ...
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How to disable the activity log for the application lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop Unity from remembering search history? How to clear search history of application search? Every time when I select application lens or press Super+A it shows up ...
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after remove zeitgeist, there is no unity in Ubuntu

Because zeitgeist continuously access the hard disk, I removed zeitgeist package completely. After that, when trying to log into Ubuntu, there is no more unity option, only Genome, Genome (no effects),...
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Recent Documents Click Launches Nautilus Rather Than File

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed, and recently, I've noticed that whenever I click on a 'recent document' from either the "Recent Documents" list in my Cairo Dock or from my journalling extension in ...
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