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Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – Dealing with Zeitgeist (zeitgeist kills kittens as well)

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Uninstalling Zeitgeist can cause issues as it is used by Unity and expected to be available. Removal could be a problem in the future as other programs may look for it being installed.

There are also privacy concerns, see zeitgeist kills kittens as well.

But there is a simple solution:

  1. Remove the old databases and use the “–replace” argument to generate new files.
  2. Then change permissions so no one can read or write to them. :-)

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# Delete previous logging.
rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
zeitgeist-daemon --replace

here.

# Render Zeitgeist illiterate - cannot read or write
chmod -rw ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite*

here.

Note: In place of the rm command I navigated to the folder and deleted everything manually.

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Written by SilverWav

September 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – Zeitgeist logs the user’s activities and events – files opened, websites visited, conversations held with other people, etc

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Zeitgeist is a service which logs the user’s activities and events (files
opened, websites visited, conversations held with other people, etc.) and
makes the relevant information available to other applications.

These guys look like OK ppl so why are they doing something like this without express user consent?

If you know what Zeitgeist is and you turn it on to monitor what you do then Zeitgeist is great.

But if you don’t know what it is and what it does, and you haven’t been asked to opt-in… is that not a breach of your right to privacy?

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The more I look into this the more concerned I become.

I think the least we need is a pop up explaining the implications of Zeitgeist and allowing you to configure it.

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This looks like it will do the job:

# Delete previous logging.
rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
zeitgeist-daemon --replace

here.

# Render Zeitgeist illiterate - cannot read or write
chmod -rw ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite*

here.

Written by SilverWav

September 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

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Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – Snagging List

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Any other issues I am adding here:

  1. My Nautilus Launcher from the dock doesn’t work. Starting it from from the desktop or terminal does work though.
    Needs to be added back in to the launcher each reboot.
  2. Nvidia Settings Launcher missing from dock. I used dash to open it and added it back in.
  3. How do you configure the Radiance Theme?
    Unselecting and reselecting the Radiance Theme gave me the lighter title bars that I was looking for.
  4. No detail view on the file manager nautilus? See here.
  5. Pastie broke so I installed ClipIt, looking good so far.
    Oh and that is the first time I have used the Software Centre and it gets points for creating a launcher.
  6. Virtualbox is still working OK the package Manager is saying it is still Natty.
  7. Zeitgeist takes 100% CPU on one core. See here.
  8. Zeitgeist is watching you… privacy fix? See here.

That’s it so far not too bad for a beta1 :-)

Written by SilverWav

September 1, 2011 at 5:25 am

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