ZEITGEIST-DAEMON(1) General Commands Manual ZEITGEIST-DAEMON(1)
zeitgeist-daemon – D-Bus interface providing a log of activities
zeitgeist-daemon is daemon providing an activity log. That is, it con‐
sists of a central database for events such as file usage, browser his‐
tory, calendar entries, etc.
All this information is made available to external applications which
communicate with zeitgeist-daemon over D-Bus. Interested applications
can request information, insert new events or delete existing events.
Zeitgeist is also capable of establishing relationships between activi‐
ties. Its purpose is enabling an activity-aware desktop with adaptive
By default, zeitgeist-daemon will also start the bundled logging appli‐
The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with options
starting with two dashes (`–‘). A summary of options is included
Do not start zeitgeist-datahub together with this daemon.
Replace any existing Zeitgeist instance if there is one already
running. If this option isn’t used, zeitgeist-daemon will refuse
to start if another running instance is found.
Specifies how much information should be printed to the standard
output. Possible values are: DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, CRIT‐
Specifies a file to which log output will be appended.
Stop a currently running Zeitgeist instance and exit. This lets
Zeitgeist finish any operation it may currently be doing.
Shows which version of Zeitgeist is being executed.
Shows a short help message listing all supported options.
Overrides the directory where user data files are placed. The
default value is that of XDG’s data dir (usually
This variable lets you specify an override for the filename of
the main database. The default value is $ZEIT‐
This variable lets you specify an override for the filename of a
possible database backup. The default value is $ZEIT‐
This variable lets you specify comma separated list of extension
names which shouldn’t be loaded. The names are extracted from
type names of the extensions, so to disable extension with type
name ZeitgeistDataSourceRegistry, value of the variable should
SIGHUP: zeitgeist-daemon will shut itself down in a clean way.
It is recommended that system updates of Zeitgeist send this
signal to all running instances of zeitgeist-daemon. DBus acti‐
vation will make sure the updated software is automatically
restarted when needed.
0 Zeitgeist terminated normally.
1 An unspecified error occurred.
10 There is already a running Zeitgeist instance.
21 Could not access the database file.
22 The database file is locked.
Please report any bugs on https://bugs.launchpad.net/zeitgeist.
Please see the AUTHORS file bundled with this application for a com‐
plete list of contributors.
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published
by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2.1 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MER‐
CHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
License along with this program. If not, see
Zeitgeist June 28, 2012 ZEITGEIST-DAEMON(1)