Back in the dark ages, when I was using Windows I tried both Google Desktop search and Coppernic Search. In Linux I have tried using beagle. All these software are great – but the had one common limitation – you cannot limit your search to just one folder. This feature is really important for me. Just yesterday, I found a new desktop searching application for linux – Recoll. Recoll has that feature.
I don’t blame the other software for not having the folder search option. Its actually a feature – desktop search applications want to remove the concept of folders and files. They want to abstract away that layer – now all you have is information – available to you via a search interface. Unfortunately, that’s not what I want.
Recoll is a personal full text search tool for Unix/Linux. It is based on the very strong Xapian backend, for which it provides an easy to use, feature-rich, easy administration, QT graphical interface.
If you are unsatisfied with beagle and is looking for a more advanced desktop search application, Recoll is for you.
- Advanced Search Options
Recoll supports advanced search options like filename and content search, text negation, text phrases and more. What I like more than anything is the ability to search within a given folder.
- Result pages are configurable
- If you know a bit of HTML, you can modify the looks of the result pages.
- Searching is very fast. Indexing speeds are decent. However, if you have enabled icon display for results, there might be a flickering when showing the results.
- Huge Index Size
- Like all other searching softwares that uses index, Recoll demands a huge storage space to keep its index(1.8 GB in my case). This is not much of a problem for me as I have a 160 GB HDD. But for people with smaller harddrives, this could be a problem.
- Not in the default YUM repository
- I cannot believe that I am marking this as a ‘problem’. Man, I am becoming too lazy 😉
- Some bugs are present
- I had some issues when using the software – especially when indexing. When I tried to close the application when it was indexing, it refused to quit. I had to kill it – and that corrupted the index.
- The GUI is limited
- If I want to index a folder other than ‘~’, there is no dialog box where I can set this option. It can be done – but I have to edit the configuration file for that. Not a problem for me – but for new users, it could be a problem.
All the problems listed above will be solved in a little more time. The software is relatively new – so it is entitled to a few bugs.