Desktop search

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at
Tue Aug 26 21:31:41 BST 2008

On Monday 25 August 2008, Anne Wilson wrote:
> On my Mandriva laptop I have a panel icon marked 'Desktop Search'.  It
> doesn't exist on my Fedora box.  In systemsettings > Advanced > Nepomuk it
> tells me that strigi is not running.  Is this the problem?  I'd really like
> to see this working on the Fedora box, but can't find any clues as to what
> call is needed.

Nepomuk is basically the service which does the search and Strigi is the 
indexer which feeds data about files into the Nepomuk database.

There is currently a packaging/policy issue wit Nepomuk since the preferred 
database engine is Java based and distributors do not want to add 
dependencies on Java.

Since Mandriva is a major sponsor of Nepomuk (they are one of the companies in 
the respective EU research program and their employee Sebastian TrĂ¼g is the 
main Nepomuk-KDE developer) they probably jsut decided to accept the 
additional dependency or ship the low-performane Redland backend.


Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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