What zeitgeist is
Zeitgeist is a service which logs the users’s activities and events, anywhere from
files opened to websites visited and
conversations. It makes this information readily available for other
applications to use in form of timelines and statistics. It is able to
establish relationships between items based on similarity and usage
An alternative way, with a simple interface to remove all record logs of Recently Used files and applications in Ubuntu 12.04 is to follow these simple steps:
Click on the control icon (cog wheel on top right hand corner of
Select System settings;
Click on All Settings tab at the top of the dialogue window that
Select Privacy icon;...
Zeitgeist is a German word meaning approximately: "the spirit of the times" reference
In the context of Ubuntu, it is a software package that remembers your activities to try and assist in narrowing down what you want to do without having to tell the computer as explicitly.
It is no more associated with the movie "Zeitgeist" than Hollywood is ...
While searching a way to clear recent list shown in Totem [ Ubuntu 12.04 ], activity log manager/privacy did not work in my case.
Moreover, there was no file 'recently-used.xbel' in current user's folder.
File recently-used.xbel was located inside ~/.local/share/
For me, nullifying this file worked!
$ echo > ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel
There is an easy way described here -- which does not include deleting any package, but simply de-activating the corresponding services. I didn't try it myself, but this way side-effects should be minimal (and probably even wanted, as e.g. no "recent items" being available etc. Moreover, it is easily revertable in case of "unwanted" side effects.
The author ...
Forget about that, there's nothing like that for the LXDE menu, use Synapse.
Install it from the terminal: sudo apt-get install synapse
Synapse review with screenshots
The correct, fancy name for it is semantic launcher BTW :)
Other related stuff:
Zeitgeist - indexing tool ...
First of all, zeitgeist logs your activity using various sources on your computer to enable searching for recent documents, programs and activities. This is "spying" only for a very broad definition of "spying", and the data it gathers is never sent over the network.
Secondly, RMS refers to the "shopping" results in the dash, which have little to do with ...
The answer is no to your question. All the things you list are related to the desktop and are not related to the server edition.
There is one service connected to Canonical on a server. The service responsible for crash reports is apport. You can stop it with ...
sudo service apport stop
or just purge it
sudo apt purge apport
If so, how do I disable/...
What does this mean exactly?
Your activities are recorded in order to better understand how you are using your system. Using this extensive knowledge, the performance of the system can be improved considerably.
For example, knowing which application you launcher when you start your computer would help the system to pre-launch the application in the future,...
cat is running as part of the Unity Dash Text-Search service (zeitgeist-fts)
cat is not a daemon; conCATenate is a utility which joins one or more input files into a single output file.
/bin/cat runs on Ubuntu 12.04 as a part of the Zeitgeist service, which logs events, history, etc. and also enables the search-as-you-type in the dash feature.
Zeitgeist developer here, I would like to clear up things. (This is a bit of a geeky reply.)
Zeitgeist does not index files. There is no concept of file indexing or tracking. You need tracker for that.
What zeitgeist does is log the events and the related URI for an event. In case you deal with files, the URI of the file is logged. The indexing service ...
Yes, Zeitgeist stores its data in sqlite. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and my zeitgeist usage data is in
In order to access the raw logs, you'll need to know some SQL, which I'll leave up to you. However, if you have not installed sqlite3 , the command line interface for SQLite Version 3, then do so
sudo apt-get ...
No, there are no alternatives that present results like Unity's Dash nor as convenient. You can, however, use one of the semantic launchers available for linux:
Old but gold: Gnome Do
Better and newer: Kupfer
My favorite (I am using it all the time, much faster than the dash): Synapse
All of them are in the USC.
Here is a link to synapse: USC LINK
The component with which RMS is unhappy is the fact that the Unity dash makes requests to Amazon (via Canonical servers, AFAIK) in order to show requests. This may be a useful feature to some, but doubtless was also considered by Canonical as a revenue source, since they will get affiliate income when you buy anything through this mechanism. Use of web ...
First of all, to clarify, Zeitgeist is not an indexer, in the same sense that the systems provided by Nepomuk and Tracker are. Zeitgeist is for logging activity, while Nepomuk/Tracker are for indexing content. The latter are for finding things, and Zeitgeist is for finding when those things were accessed/used.
Nepomuk is the KDE indexing infrastructure. ...
I found hints about renaming of /etc/xdg/autostart/zeitgeist-datahub.desktop, but it isn't enough. It prevents Zeitgeist from running at startup, but in my case (Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS) it started later somehow (perhaps as a result of some DBus activity).
If you'd like to keep Zeitgeist installed, but prevent it from running, try renaming its executables:
Actually the Dash in 12.04 is also hooked up to "locate". If your Dropbox folder is in your home folder it should eventually be indexed by locate. If you don't want to wait for this to happen automatically (I don't know how long that would take) you can just run "updatedb" in a terminal to force indexing. Note that typically the locate database is owned by ...
Pretty-simplified answer, is that Zeitgeist logs your files accessed, sites visited, etc. (your computer-use-actions) and stores them LOCALLY. If your password is vulnerable, then the Zeitgeist database is just as vulnerable. Several Linux programmers have deeply investigated 'is Z uploading anything on you', and the answer is no, it is not. It is to ...
Kupfer provides a simple menu searcher activated from a global keyboard shortcut.
sudo apt-get install kupfer
By default you show Kupfer using the global keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Space.
A quick video review can be found here.
Open your System Settings, and go to Privacy.
On the first tab of the Privacy section there is a switch to turn off next to "Include online search results" (or something similar).
This prevents anything you type into the Dash from being sent to Canonical's servers. (This disables the Amazon shopping lens and any lenses that are part of the Smart Scopes ...
Zeitgeist is effectively an activity logger (it does some other things), and removing it is entirely safe, so i would assume not backing up its data would not be harmful to your system. You would only be losing a list of recently run applications and accessed files.
More information on Zeitgeist
There are times when zeitgeist-fts starts acting up really weird. The issue is very erratic and not really easily reproducible at times.
One workaround is to delete the fts.index directory
rm -rf ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/fts.index/
then it will try to reindex it. I guess the high memory consumption is due to broken index. Deleting the index will force ...
Remove the execute permissions of the zeitgeist* as follows. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.
# on 32-bit systems:
chmod -x /usr/lib/zeitgeist/zeitgeist-fts
# on 64-bit systems:
chmod -x /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/zeitgeist-fts
# on both:
chmod -x /usr/bin/zeitgeist-daemon
chmod -x /...