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Doodle quickly searches the documents on a computer, then builds an index using meta-data contained in the documents and allows fast searches on the resulting database. It supports approximate searches and full-text indexing, and comes with a library for accessing the doodle database and making it easy to integrate doodle's functionality into other applications or user interfaces. Users can keep the doodle database always up-to-date by updating the database on-the-fly by using 'doodled' and 'fam' whenever files on the system change. They can also build one doodle database for all users on a multi-user system without compromising user privacy.


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Download version 0.7.0 (beta)
released on 21 June 2011

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey7 January 2005

Leaders and contributors

Christian Grothoff Maintainer
Robert Sander Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build gettext
Source requirement autotools
Required to use libextractor

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 24 October 2014.


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