How to install GNOME Activity Journal in Ubuntu

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The GNOME Activity Journal is a tool for easily browsing and finding files, contacts and other resources on your computer. Using Zeitgeist, it keeps a chronological journal of your activity and supports tagging and bookmarking (using the new Tracker 0.7) and establishing relationships between resources.

While this first release only supports basic browsing of file activities, the underlying infrastructure can do much more and you can expect the missing functionality to become available in future releases.

Install GNOME Activity Journal in Ubuntu Karmic/Lucid

Open the terminal and run the following commands

Add the GNOME Activity Journal ppa

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa

Update the source list

sudo aptitude update

Install GNOME Activity Journal

sudo aptitude install gnome-activity-journal

You can oprn from Applications -> Utility -> Activity Journal

For Ubuntu Jaunty Users

Run the following comamnds from terminal

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following lines

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zeitgeist/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/zeitgeist/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Save and exit the file

Install GPG key

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 7C5886C3

Update the source list

sudo aptitude update

Install GNOME Activity Journal

sudo aptitude install gnome-activity-journal

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4 thoughts on “How to install GNOME Activity Journal in Ubuntu

  1. Hello,
    I installed GAJ on Ubuntu Jaunty following the instructions shown above. After installation, I am able to start up GAJ but there is nothing in it. I logged out and back in, but no use. How do I make it work?

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  2. I was not at all happy with the program uninstalling 160 applications. It took me about two hours to reinstall most of them. What’s up with this, it’s ridiculous! Needless to say I uninstalled this application for the above mentioned reason, also it has no value. It’s just garbage!

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  3. Kayvee, you need to open/edit at least a file after installing GAJ. It won’t monitor files used before installing it.

    Brian Barry, you must start reading man pages and understand how things work. Don’t blame an application and spread FUD because you fail at the most elementary things. Aptitude will always check for dependencies, but will never do what you didn’t told it to do. In your case Aptitude asked you if you want to uninstall all those 160 packages, and you said yes without thinking, therefore is your fault!

    The application works fine.

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