View Full Version : [ubuntu] notes and emblems from command line

June 24th, 2008, 02:33 PM
Hi folks,
I was wondering to know if there is a way to add emblems and notes to a file from the command line interface.

With notes and emblems I mean the tags you can see right clicking on a file and clicking on "properties".

I know it's nautilus feature and that the notes are stored in a xml file in the .nautilus folder, but I'm unable to read/write those informations from bash.

Any ideas?


September 12th, 2008, 11:16 PM
Emblem information is stored in the ~/.nautilus/metafiles directory. Each directory containing files or folders with custom emblems gets its own file where

takes the form

in other words, add 'file' to the beginning, and .xml to the end and then replace all forward slashes with '%2F' and you have the file name.

A typical file will look something like this, (I spaced it for ease of reading):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<file name=".stuff" timestamp="1220922624"/>
<file name="src" timestamp="1221256781">
<keyword name="package"/>
<file name="Developer" timestamp="1221256989">
<keyword name="distinguished"/>

Now, notice that both folders within my home folder that has a custom emblem, (Developer and src), receives a <file> tag. Inside that take, there is a <keyword> tag for each emblem applied to the file or folder.

I hope that helps a little...

November 2nd, 2011, 11:02 PM
Sorry for awaking the zombie, CalderCoalson (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=600089) gave an interesting answer but I have the same question and don't find files I have "noted" in this folder. Anywhere else I should search?