The Zeitgeist event logger is the tool used to remember virtually everything you do when using the Unity desktop shell. Zeitgeist will most importantly remember all of the files, directories, and applications that you use most frequently.
You don’t have to use it, the event logger will do all of the work in the background for you. This means the most important data will always be displayed by the Unity desktop dash.
Users can also toggle which data is monitored and displayed by Zeitgeist, this means that private folders and their contents will not be displayed in the dash.
Zeitgeist Event Logger Installation
You can install this convenient tool on any Ubuntu based system without much trouble. But this event logger will also work on many other Linux distributions as well.
To install this tool on Ubuntu systems that are not already using it you will first need to add the PPA to your sources.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
Next you should update your sources so the installed can find your new packages.
$ sudo apt-get update
Now you can begin installing this excellent even logging tool with the commands seen below.
$ sudo apt-get install zeitgeist
Zeitgeist Event Logger Components
We should first take a look at exactly how this event logger functions. I will cover this more thoroughly as documentation becomes available.
Zeitgeist Event Logger Commands
Here are a few useful commands that will help users interact with the event logger from the Linux command line.
The command below will start the Zeitgeist daemon.
Use the next command to quit the daemon.
$ zeitgeist-daemon --quit
You can also restart the event logger with this.
$ zeitgeist-daemon --restart