Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Clear / Tweak Zeitgeist History Settings using Activity Log Manager in Unity

Finally, a tool (still in development) called Activity Log Manager is available for tweaking the Dash and Files & Folders, Zeitgeist history settings through a testing PPA. It is available for Ubuntu Lucid, Maverick and Natty but you'll first need to upgrade Zeitgeist to 0.8 for getting Activity Log Manager to work.

Upgrade Zeitgeist

To first upgrade Zeitgeist, run these commands in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
zeitgeist-daemon --replace

The last command would restart the 'zeitgeist-daemon', to affect it by the upgrade immediately, but you can also do this after the next step.

Activity Log Manager

To install the Activity Log Manager, run these commands:

sudo apt-get install activity-log-manager
zeitgeist-daemon --replace

Unless you restart the 'zeitgeist-daemon', the Activity Log Manager won't work.

Now to run it, you can press the <Super> (Windows Logo Key) to bring up the Dash and search for 'activity log manager'.

The interface itself it simple at this point of time. It is under development so we hope it would be getting some more features soon.

Basically, you've got 3 tabs: 'History', 'Applications' and 'Files'. Under 'History', you can delete the history for any duration of time ranging from 15 minutes to years.

Under 'Applications', you can blacklist certain Applications from displaying their history in the Dash e.g, MPlayer, gedit etc.

Under 'Files', you can blacklist certain file types from being shown up in the dash e.g, Audio, Text, Spreadsheets etc. You can also blacklist certain folders here.

You can also toggle between active / inactive Logging by clicking the button in the bottom-right corner of Activity Log Manager window.

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