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Thread: Dash search in Unity - How to hide certain files.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010

    Dash search in Unity - How to hide certain files.

    Whenver I press the button to the top left, certain files appear. These files are some videos that I would not like people to see immediatly after they borrow my laptop yet I still want them saved on my hard drive.

    So I Googled a little and people kept reffering to the privacy settings so I had a look at the privacy settings and did the following:

    *"Delete history" in "recent items"
    *"Selected don't record activity for" "video"
    *I added the folder in which I keep the videos to the "don't record activity list"
    *I switched record activity to Off.

    Yet the files still either show up right away or as soon as I type in a letter which is in the filename in one of the files.

    What should I be doing?

    I'm on Ubuntu 13.04.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008

    Re: Dash search in Unity - How to hide certain files.

    Dash also uses "locate" during searches to find files even if they're not logged by Zeitgeist.
    You can turn off the "locate" search in dconf-editor.
    Using terminal:
    Get current setting...
    gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.FilesLens use-locate
    Disable use-locate search...
    gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.FilesLens use-locate false
    To reset to default (true)...
    gsettings reset com.canonical.Unity.FilesLens use-locate
    The changes happen immediately.

    You may want to clear recent files as well when lending your laptop.
    This command will do that...
    echo > ~/.local/share/recently-used.xbel
    Last edited by stinkeye; June 24th, 2013 at 04:08 AM.


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