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nicolasdiogo 08-10-2011 12:54 PM

Indexing service for Gnome or KDE?
hello folks,

i have assited a friend to recover from a hard disk failure, and we now have thousands of files to check.

i would liek to find out if there is a tool for searching within files for strings; just as well as through photos meta data.

is there such a tool that works in conbination to Gnome or KDE?

thanks very much,


corp769 08-10-2011 12:58 PM


On the command line, you could use the find command, along with locate, grep, even strings. It's just how you want to take the approach. Now besides from the command line, check out this link -
That may help you also.



nicolasdiogo 08-10-2011 01:36 PM

thanks for the links

i have found recoll

which seems to do some of the work.

is there any other option - anything that integrates better with Gnome?


corp769 08-10-2011 01:40 PM

How about this one?

That's all I know of, besides Gnome-DO, but I'm not even sure if that indexes files.

i92guboj 08-11-2011 06:40 AM

It really depends on what do you want to do with the files. The tools above can help. The "file" command also can tell you what's inside a file.

You can also use "identify" from the imagemagick suite and "midentify" from the mplayer package to identify image files and videos.

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