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Pinot is a D-Bus service that crawls, indexes your documents, and monitors them for changes. It is also a GTK-based user interface that enables you to query the index built by the service or your favorite Web engine, and display and analyze the results. It makes full use of advanced indexing and search facilities offered by Xapian, features language detection, dynamic document summaries, easy labelling of documents, and internal support for common file types. The D-Bus interface allows easy integration with other applications.


Recent releases

  •  09 Nov 2011 06:59

    Release Notes: Filters for EXIF/IPTC and CHM files were added. Libexttextcat 3.1, LibreOffice's fork of libtextcat, is now supported. Plugins for the Yahoo! REST API, Yahoo! BOSS, Google Code Search, and RollYO were dropped. The Dutch, German, Russian, and Spanish translations were updated.

    •  15 Jan 2011 06:49

      Release Notes: Acronyms and terms that include dots are indexed better. Crawling and memory management were improved. The default number of results shown by the UI for all queries can be changed. The plugin for DeskBar 2.30 is installed at the right location. The checking of symlinks against black-list and the display of spelling suggestions were fixed. Translations have been massively updated.

      •  13 Jul 2010 02:54

        Release Notes: The mbox filter now supports messages of type "external-body". Symbolic links no longer escape the patterns black-list. The system's battery status can be obtained from DeviceKit-power or upower to determine when crawling should be paused. The daemon doesn't hit the history database as hard as it used to. If Xapian 1.2.0 or newer is installed, Pinot will use the new smaller, faster Chert back-end. Several bugs were fixed. Build patches from Debian and FreeBSD were merged. The translations for Simplified Chinese, French, Hebrew, and Brazilian Portuguese were updated.

        •  14 Nov 2009 05:06

          Release Notes: This release added OpenBSD support and fixed the query filter, "path:". Acronyms are handled better. The plugin for Bing was updated. Common historical data operations were optimized. The query text field takes advantage of GTK+ 2.16 features. Many translations were updated.

          •  27 Jun 2009 04:57

            Release Notes: The user interface now reopens the index when the daemon has changed it on disk, can show the properties of external indices' documents, and deletes temporary files on exit. A new search filter allows the finding files nested in mail boxes or archives at a given URL. Better MIME type detection removes superfluous calls to external programs when dealing with archives and fixes cases where documents nested in archives couldn't be open and viewed. The mail box filter now requires and fully works with GMime 2.4. The archives filter supports Debian packages. Several bugs were fixed.


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