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       doodle - a tool to search the meta-data in your files


       doodle [OPTIONS] ([FILENAMES]*|[KEYWORDS]*)


       doodle  is  a  tool  to index files.  doodle uses libextractor to find meta-data in files.
       Once a database has been built, doodle can be used to quickly  find  files  of  which  the
       meta-data  matches  a given search-string.  This way, doodle can be used to quickly search
       your file system.

       Generally, the first time you run doodle you pass the option -b  to  build  the  database.
       Together with -b you specify the list of files or directories to index, for example

              $ doodle -b $HOME

       Indexing  with  doodle is incremental.  If doodle -b is run (with the same database) twice
       it will update the index for files that were changed.  doodle will also remove files  that
       are  no  longer  accessible.   doodle  will NOT remove files that are still present but no
       longer specified in the argument list.  Thus invoking either

              $ doodle -b /foo /bar  # or

              $ doodle -b /foo ; doodle -b /bar

       will result in the same database containing both the index for /foo and /bar.   Note  that
       the  only  way to only un-index /foo at this point is to make /foo inaccessible (using for
       example chmod 000 /foo or even rm -rf /foo) and then run doodle -b again.

       In networked environments, it often makes sense to build a database at the  root  of  each
       file  system,  containing  the entries for that  file system.  For this, doodle is run for
       each file system on the file server where that file system is on a local disk, to  prevent
       thrashing the network.  Users can select which databases doodle searches. Databases cannot
       be concatenated together.

       Once the files have been indexed, you can quickly query the doodle database.  Just run

              $ doodle keyword

       to search all of your files for keyword.   Note  that  only  the  meta-data  extracted  by
       libextractor  is searched.  Thus if libextractor does not find any meta-data in the files,
       you may not get  any  results.   You  can  use  the  option  -l  to  specify  non-standard
       libextractor  plugins.   For example, doodle could be used to replace the locate tool from
       the GNU findutils like this:

              $   alias   updatedb="doodle    -bn    -d    /var/lib/doodle/doodle-locate-db    -l
              libextractor_filename /"

              $ alias locate="doodle -d /var/lib/doodle/doodle-locate-db"


       -a NUMBER, --approximate=NUMBER
              do approximate matching with mismatches of up to NUMBER letters

       -b, --build
              build  the doodle database (passed arguments are directories and filenames that are
              to be indexed).  In comparison with GNU locate the doodle binary encapsulates  both
              the locate and the updatedb tool.  Using the -b option doodle builds or updates the
              database (equivalent to updatedb), without -b it behaves similar to locate.

       -d FILENAME, --database=FILENAME
              use FILENAME for the location of the database (use  when  building  or  searching).
              This option is particularly useful when doodle is used to search different types of
              files (or is operated with different extractor options).  Using this option  doodle
              can  be  used to build specialized indices (i.e. one per file system), which can in
              turn improve search performance.  When searching, you can  pass  a  colon-separated
              list  of  database  file names, in that case all databases are searched.  Note that
              the disk-space consumption of a single database is typically slightly smaller  than
              if  the database is split into multiple files.  Nevertheless, the space-savings are
              likely to be small (a few percent).  You can also  use   the  environment  variable
              DOODLE_PATH  to set the list of database files to search.  The option overrides the
              environment variable if both are used.  If the option is not given and  DOODLE_PATH
              is not set, "/var/lib/doodle" is used.

       -e, --extract
              print  the  extracted  keywords  for each matching file found.  Note that this will
              slow down the program a lot, especially if there are many matches in the  database.
              Note that if the options given for libextractor are different than the options used
              for building the index the results may not contain the search string.

       -f, --filenames
              include filenames (full path) in the set of keywords

       -h, --help
              print help page

       -i, --ignore-case
              be case-insensitive

       -l LIBRARIES, --library=LIBRARIES
              specify which libextractor plugins to use (for building the index with  -b  or  for
              printing information about files with -e)

       -L FILENAME, --log=FILENAME
              log all encountered keywords into a log file named FILENAME.  This option is mostly
              useful for debugging.

       -m LIMIT, --memory=LIMIT
              use at most LIMIT MB of memory for  the  nodes  of  the  suffix-tree  (after  that,
              serialize  to  disk).  Note that a smaller value will reduce memory consumption but
              increase the size of the temporary file (and slow down indexing).  The default is 8

       -n, --nodefault
              do not load the default set of plugins (only load plugins specified with -l)

       -p, --print
              make  a  human-readable  screen dump of the doodle database (only really useful for

       -P PATH, --prunepaths=PATH
              Directories to not put in the database, which would otherwise be.  The  environment
              variable  PRUNEPATHS  also sets this value. Default is "/tmp /usr/tmp /var/tmp /dev
              /proc /sys".  This option can also be used when searching,  in  which  case  search
              results in the specified directories will be ignored.

       -v, --version
              print the version number

       -V, --verbose
              be verbose


              Colon-separated  list of databases to search.  Note that when building the database
              this path must either only contain one filename or the option -b must  be  used  to
              specify the database file.  Default is "/var/lib/doodle".

              Space-separated list of paths to exclude.  Can be overridden with the -P option.


       Doodle    depends    on    libextractor.     You    can    download    libextractor   from


       extract(1), slocate(1), updatedb(1), libextractor(3), libdoodle(3)


       libdoodle and doodle are released under the GPL.


       Report bugs  to  mantis  <>  or  by  sending  electronic  mail  to


       doodle was originally written by Christian Grothoff <>.


       You      can      obtain     the     original     author's     latest     version     from