Linux: What's Zeitgeist, How to Uninstall It
In Ubuntu and Gnome, there's this background process named “zeitgeist”.
You can see it by
ps -ef | grep zeit
What is zeitgeist?
It logs your activity.
- Zeitgeist logs file usage, web activity, plus chat and email conversations.
- Zeitgeist allows any application to store this information and makes it readily available over a DBus API.
- Zeitgeist figures out which are a user’s most used items, not only in general, but also applying time scoping as in “What was most relevant to me, while I was working on project X, for a month last year?”.
- Using machine-learning algorithms, Zeitgeist can establish relationships between items based on similarity and usage patterns.
- Zeitgeist is light-weight and supports extensions to enhance its engine’s core feature set.
- Extensions reside within the same process as the engine’s core logic. They can be used to include information about activity and experience beyond the desktop, such as geo-logging and geo-tagging.
How to remove zeitgeist?
sudo apt-get purge zeitgeist*
Note: Unity uses it in its dashboard to show you most frequently used app, etc.
You might want to switch to xfce. [see Linux: How to Switch to LXDE, Xfce]
Remove Zeitgeist Data Directory
zeitgeist data is at