A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

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A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by LonelyWolf » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:03 pm

I wanted to publicly say one thing to those involved in Mint development:

Thank you for not including Zeitgeist. I came across old posts talking about (Ubuntu) Zeitgeist and it didn't sit well with me. I looked around some more and found a few posts on how to remove it from older versions of Mint. Lo and behold I paste some stuff into Terminal and Terminal politely tells me there is nothing to remove. I've wasted his time.

So for what it is worth: Bravo! Excellent job not including that nonsense in 17.2. Nonsense like that is why I don't have Ubuntu (Well, that and Unity lens).

Sincerely,

Another new guy to Linux.
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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by Crewp » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:53 am

That's the beauty of Linux, there is pretty much a distro to suite everyone's like's and need's. Enjoy Mint :D
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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by Garvan » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:37 am

I think the "Recent Files" list from the main Menu is kept by Zeitgeist. And "libzeitgeist-2.0-0 library to access Zeitgeist - shared library" is installed in my version of Mint 17.2. Perhaps you removed it before and forgot?

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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by xenopeek » Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:45 pm

Recent Files list is not kept by Zeitgeist on Linux Mint. The library to access it is likely installed as a dependency from some program that can interface with Zeitgeist, like Gedit.

If you do install Zeitgeist daemon you can install activity-log-manager to control what it tracks, or easily disable it (click to enlarge screenshot):

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Zeitgeist is nothing more than a global "Recently Used" list. Instead of each application individually keeping a database to track that, they can just use Zeitgeist. I have enabled it on my system but yes it isn't installed or enabled by default on Linux Mint. The only artefact you may encounter is the library to access it, which doesn't do anything if you don't also install the daemon.
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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by clankfu » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:45 pm

What's wrong with Zeitgeist? I'm running Synapse and seems like a lot of the plugins require Zeitgeist to be installed.

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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by xenopeek » Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:47 am

Nothing is wrong with Zeitgeist. It's nothing more than a system wide "recently used" list. Some of Synapse's plugins read this list so you can quickly re-open a file you used recently for example. As noted, with activity log manager you can configure what things you want Zeitgeist to track.
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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by clankfu » Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:54 pm

xenopeek wrote:Nothing is wrong with Zeitgeist. It's nothing more than a system wide "recently used" list. Some of Synapse's plugins read this list so you can quickly re-open a file you used recently for example. As noted, with activity log manager you can configure what things you want Zeitgeist to track.
I see Activity Log Manager in Software Manager but how would I would I go about installing Zeitgeist itself?

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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by xenopeek » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:22 pm

You can install the package zeitgeist, but if you install the package activity-log-manager it will automatically also install zeitgeist.
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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by clankfu » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:23 pm

Gotcha. Thank you.

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Re: A+ for Mint 17.2: No Zeitgeist Installed

Post by fraxinus_63 » Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:28 pm

clankfu wrote:I see Activity Log Manager in Software Manager but how would I would I go about installing Zeitgeist itself?
I was posting instructions but xenopeek beat me to it!

By the way, on Mint 13 (which I still use) Zeitgeist seemed to come enabled by default. I switched it off and got a performance benefit on my hardware, so I have left it switched off. How it would perform for me on 17, I don't know.

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