Installing over an older version and other notes

Ubuntu commands installed as snap packages can’t create arbitrary files under /tmp. This is for example the case by default for pdftk which is used by Recoll to extract PDF attachments. For best results, set TMPDIR to a location which belongs to you (e.g. inside your home, with something like export TMPDIR=~/tmp in your shell startup script). Recoll could conceivably work around the problem all by itself, but I find it in bad taste to create temporary files in an arbitrary location inside your home.

1.20-30 indexes are fully backward compatible. No need to reindex when upgrading.

Always reset the index if you do not know by which version it was created (e.g.: you’re not sure it’s at least 1.18). The best method is to quit all Recoll programs and delete the index directory (rm -rf ~/.recoll/xapiandb), then start recoll or recollindex.

recollindex -z will do the same in most, but not all, cases. It’s better to use the rm method, which will also ensure that no debris from older releases remain (e.g.: old stemming files which are not used any more).

On Windows, the index is located by default in C:/Users/[me]/AppData/Local/Recoll/xapiandb

Case/diacritics sensitivity is off by default. It can be turned on only by editing recoll.conf ( see the manual). If you do so, you must then reset the index.

Changes in Recoll 1.31

  • GUI: modified shortcuts were not read from the preferences !

  • Query language. Add support for "issub" pseudo field to select standalone (issub:0) or embedded (issub:1) results.

  • Aspell: execute the command to retrieve the suggestions instead of loading the library. This will avoid an aspell error from crashing the whole program.

  • GUI: we didn’t show the last snippet in "Show snippets"

  • GUI: fix issue with Ctrl+0 in result table.

  • Indexer: add "Flushing" state, which will be displayed by the GUI and explain pauses while indexing.

Minor releases at a glance

  • 1.31.0

    • Windows: KNOWN BUG: the dvu text extraction script does not work. You can get a working one to be copied into c:/program files (x86)/recoll/share/filters here