How to get docfetcher daemon auto-starting in Kubuntu?

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  1. Iangh

    Iangh Registered Member

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    I want to use Docfetcher, http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net/en/index.html. Downloaded the package and double-clicked Docfetcher-GTK2.sh to open and it works. Double-clicked docfetcher-daemon-linux to get that working to check it indexes new files, which it does. Problem is I can't get the daemon to autostart. I thought it would be a case of simply adding it to Autostart in Kubuntu's System Settings but it doesn't start. How do I get the daemon to autostart?
     
  2. vasa1

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    What is the full path and name of the daemon? If you added that to a tiny script with a "sleep" just to minimize chances of your daemon trying to run before some other requirement is fully loaded and then point to that in the Settings > Startup and Shutdown > Autostart, things may work?

    Also, does the daemon need Docfetcher itself to be running or at least in memory to work?

    This is what I use for Dropbox:

    Code:
    #! /usr/bin/env bash
    
    sleep 60s && cd /home/vasa1/.dropbox-dist/ && ./dropboxd
    My ~/.config/autostart/ is empty but the script I posted above is in /home/vasa1/.config/autostart-scripts/. The Settings GUI does that itself. I didn't have to create any autostart-related folders.
     
  3. Iangh

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    The daemon is located at file:///home/ian/Programs/DocFetcher-1.1.22/docfetcher-daemon-linux. Doc fetcher doesn't need to be running.

    Using my noob knowledge, yours sleeps for 60s, then executes dropboxd in the specified folder. Why #! /usr/bin/env bash and not #!/bin/bash?


    #!/bin/bash
    sleep 60s && cd home/ian/Programs/DocFetcher-1.1.22/ && ./docfetcher-daemon-linux

    save as "startupdaemon" in home/ian/Programs/DocFetcher-1.1.22/

    use Autostart GUI to start script on startup.

    Is this right?
     
  4. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    I keep all my scripts in ~/bin which is in my path. Just for clarity I also use the .sh suffix.

    Re. #!/bin/bash, that's fine!

    Edit: did you try recoll? It's in the repos and doesn't need Java.
     
  5. vasa1

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    BTW, you could also check your PATH:

    Code:
    $ env | grep ^PATH=
    PATH=/home/vasa1/.local/bin:/home/vasa1/bin:/home/vasa1/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games
    $
    And if you don't want the default indexer, baloo, running, run balooctl disable. That'll stop baloo from indexing anything even after reboots until you enable baloo again.
     
  6. Iangh

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    Thanks vasa1, got it working on mine! Unfortunately, went to follow the same steps on my wife's Kubuntu. Unzipped package and double-clicked docfetcher-daemon-linux and nothing happened. Her directory is strange. My folders say folder, hers say inode/directory. My file says executable, hers says application/x-exectuable. Tried running from console using ./filename and get not recognised.

    I am completely stumped. Any ideas?
     
  7. vasa1

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    How are you getting that information? Is this all from the command line? If so, what are the commands and the corresponding output?
     
  8. Iangh

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    I right-click for properties in Dolphin. I even tried running the daemon using the console by navigating to the directory and ./docfetcher-daemon-linux, the result is "bash: docfetcher-daemon-linux: No such file or directory". Yet if I "dir" it correctly lists all the files, including docfetcher-daemon-linux.

    I have always been so careful to set mine and the wife's computers the same to avoid headaches - I can't fathom what I've done different
     
  9. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    What are the permissions on the docfetcher folder/files if you do it from the commandline?

    ls -ld "folder name"
    ls -ltra "folder contents"

    Mrk
     
  10. Iangh

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    We can both double-click on the .sh files, but only I can execute the daemon with a double-click. I can't get wife's to execute daemon using either double-click or command-line.

    teresa@teresa-E203NA:~$ ls -ld /home/teresa/Downloads/DocFetcher-1.1.22/
    drwxrwxr-x 11 teresa teresa 4096 Aug 14 06:17 /home/teresa/Downloads/DocFetcher-1.1.22/
    teresa@teresa-E203NA:~$ ls -ltra /home/teresa/Downloads/DocFetcher-1.1.22/
    total 1012
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 lang
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 img
    drwxrwxr-x 7 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 help
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 teresa teresa 2619 Jul 30 2018 search.py
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 teresa teresa 2077 Jul 30 2018 Readme.txt
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 py4j
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 misc
    drwxrwxr-x 3 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 lib
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 teresa teresa 291 Jul 30 2018 DocFetcher-GTK3.sh
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 teresa teresa 310 Jul 30 2018 DocFetcher-GTK2.sh
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 teresa teresa 39424 Jul 30 2018 DocFetcher.exe
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 teresa teresa 563621 Jul 30 2018 docfetcher-daemon-windows.exe
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 teresa teresa 366089 Jul 30 2018 docfetcher-daemon-linux
    drwxrwxr-x 3 teresa teresa 4096 Jul 30 2018 DocFetcher.app
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Aug 13 20:24 conf
    drwxrwxr-x 2 teresa teresa 4096 Aug 13 20:24 indexes
    drwxrwxr-x 11 teresa teresa 4096 Aug 14 06:17 .
    drwxr-xr-x 3 teresa teresa 4096 Aug 14 18:04 ..
     
  11. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    What happens if you run on the command line, in that folder:

    ./DocFetcher-GTK2.sh

    (or docfetcher-daemon-linux)

    Mrk
     
  12. Iangh

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    The .sh's runs by double-clicking or command-line, it's the daemon that does nothing on my wife's.

    I have put Recoll on the PCs and it's working fine. But I'm now bugged because I don't understand why my folders say folder, hers say inode/directory. My file says executable, hers says application/x-exectuable. I'm sure I did a bog-standard install on her PC as I don't know enough to do anything different.
     
  13. vasa1

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    Re. your move to recoll: rather than using a snap or flatpak, I'd prefer installing Evince via apt itself. Not too many dependencies.
     
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