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.

1.20-32 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 1.32

  • GUI: added a collapsible side pane for quick filtering on dates or directories.

  • Windows: real time indexing.

  • Showing duplicates now uses a spreadsheet like the result table for easy access to the duplicate files.

  • Fixed the temporary copy open dialog (again!).

  • The default mimeview and mimeconf configuration files were separated into generic and system-specific parts to avoid update errors (no consequences for users).

  • Renamed all Python input handler with a .py extension. This is relied on on Windows rather than listing an explicit python interpreter.

  • Added %l specification to viewer definitions for opening at a specific line.

  • Misc small bug fixes.

Minor releases at a glance

  • 1.32.1

    • GUI side panel filters: make sure the filter is applied even if set before the query.

    • GUI side panel directory filter: compute the tree from the index, not the file system, to allow filtering data from external indexes. Update the tree when an indexing completes.

    • Implement whole UI scaling factor (fonts only, no icons).

    • Orgmode: add orgmodesubdocs configuration variable to decide if we index whole files or create subdocuments for nodes. Also index text before the first heading.

    • GUI: fix path translation for importing an index from Windows.

    • Windows: fix RECOLL_EXTRA_DBS support.