How to index files inside your computer

Do you have tons of pdfs in your computer? Me too!

We are used to search in the web to file about the subject we are willing to know. But sometimes it is better to search in the PDFs files we already gathered.

In the past I used to use docFetcher (http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net/en/index.html) to index my files, but this program is heavy, slow (java) and crashes often.

Then today while looking for alternatives I found a program called “recoll”. It is a native program with Qt GUI. And I can install it with a single command:

$ sudo apt-get install recoll
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3 thoughts on “How to index files inside your computer

    1. Hi Celem,
      It returns the text instantaneous. You just need to generate the database with the index first. Very easy!

  1. Actually, you can omit the “-print” and get the same results with:
    find ~/*.pdf

    I enter “-print” out of habit from my old Unix days.

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