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Zeitgeist installed, GAJ won't open

Asked by Jesse Slavens on 2011-03-23

Hello all,

I'm following the instruction on the launchpad. I put in these commands to download:
mkdir ~/zeitgeist; cd ~/zeitgeist
bzr get lp:zeitgeist; bzr get lp:gnome-activity-journal

I rebooted, and found the Zeitgeist file, nothing titled GAJ. I entered these commands:
~/zeitgeist/zeitgeist/zeitgeist-daemon.py &
~/zeitgeist/gnome-activity-journal/gnome-activity-journal

and I get:
 No such file or directory
[1]+ Exit 127

So what's up? what do I need to do to actually open and use GAJ.

I'm on a netbook -- I read on Ubuntu forums that GAJ works on netbook editions, but maybe this makes a difference? I'm running 10.04.

Also, after downloading and rebooting, I now have and "Examples" folder -- what's that all about?

Thanks

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Siegfried Gevatter
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2011-03-23
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2011-03-23
Stefano Candori (cando) said : #1

Hi Jesse. The "bzr get lp:gnome-activity-journal" command should create a folder named gnome-activity-journal in your current workind directory, where you can find a file "gnome-activity-journal" that is your executable.
Maybe you have made a typo when executing that command or you've some problem with bzr.
Do you get any error in the terminal when you execute "bzr get lp:gnome-activity-journal" ?
Finally, you don't need to reboot for launching GAJ and Zeitgeist.

By the way if you just want to use GAJ you should install it from Synaptic or via the Software Center: it's easier
(don't forget to install also Zeitgeist).

Cheers

Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) said : #2

Hi,

Those instructions are outdated and are missing a step:
$ cd ~/zeitgeist/zeitgeist/; ./autogen.sh; make

Jesse Slavens (osleibh) said : #3

Ok, so I didn't understand all the suggestion, but no matter: I got GAJ through Synaptic Manager.

So...why do they have outdated commands on their launchpad, and no directions to Synaptic Manager? I suppose most people just know to check there -- I'm really new to Ubuntu and not very computer savvy.

So, when I installed GAJ, Synaptic Manager gave me a list of needed complimentary installations, including Zeitgeist. So three questions:
1. Can I delete the empty Zeitgeist folder?
2. What about my previous attempt at downloading through the Terminal? Does anything need to be removed or uninstalled?
3. Still don't know what that "Examples" folder is -- it looks like adverts for Kubuntu and such. Can I just remove this, or does it have something I need?

Thanks for helping out a newbie.

Cheers

Best Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) said : #4

> I got GAJ through Synaptic Manager.
I'm happy to hear that.

> So...why do they have outdated commands on their launchpad, and no directions
> to Synaptic Manager? I suppose most people just know to check there
Yeah. I guess we could mention it (it isn't there because we don't really expect end users to look at the project development page, so those instructions are for developers and people wanting to try out the latest -unreleased- version).

> 1. Can I delete the empty Zeitgeist folder?
Yeah. Although it shouldn't be empty -- if it is, this means that the "bzr get ..." commands failed, which explains why it didn't work for you.

> 2. What about my previous attempt at downloading through the Terminal? Does anything need to be removed or uninstalled?
No, just that folder.

> 3. Still don't know what that "Examples" folder is -- it looks like adverts for Kubuntu
> and such. Can I just remove this, or does it have something I need?
Yeah, it's just some sample content so you can try out how stuff looks on Ubuntu. No problem removing it.

Stefano Candori (cando) said : #5

The commands that you found on launchpad are useful if you want to test the
unstable and developing version of GAJ. Launchpad is an open source suite of
tools that help people and teams to work together on software projects; it's
not a place for user to install applications.
In general, if you are only a "normal" user, install everything using Ubuntu
Software Center or Synaptic: you'll find everything you want in a super-easy
way. Don't lose your time with the terminal if it's not requested.
Finally, you can delete the empty folders and also the Examples folder (this
is only an unuseful showcase..:) )

I hope i've answered to your questions and doubt.

Cheers,

Stefano

2011/3/23 Siegfried Gevatter <email address hidden>

> Question #150122 on GNOME Activity Journal changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/gnome-activity-journal/+question/150122
>
> Status: Open => Answered
>
> Siegfried Gevatter proposed the following answer:
> > I got GAJ through Synaptic Manager.
> I'm happy to hear that.
>
> > So...why do they have outdated commands on their launchpad, and no
> directions
> > to Synaptic Manager? I suppose most people just know to check there
> Yeah. I guess we could mention it (it isn't there because we don't really
> expect end users to look at the project development page, so those
> instructions are for developers and people wanting to try out the latest
> -unreleased- version).
>
> > 1. Can I delete the empty Zeitgeist folder?
> Yeah. Although it shouldn't be empty -- if it is, this means that the "bzr
> get ..." commands failed, which explains why it didn't work for you.
>
> > 2. What about my previous attempt at downloading through the Terminal?
> Does anything need to be removed or uninstalled?
> No, just that folder.
>
> > 3. Still don't know what that "Examples" folder is -- it looks like
> adverts for Kubuntu
> > and such. Can I just remove this, or does it have something I need?
> Yeah, it's just some sample content so you can try out how stuff looks on
> Ubuntu. No problem removing it.
>
> You received this question notification because you are an answer
> contact for GNOME Activity Journal.
>

Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) said : #6

(I've just updated the instructions on the Launchpad page.)

Jesse Slavens (osleibh) said : #7

Thanks Siegfried Gevatter, that solved my question.

Jesse Slavens (osleibh) said : #8

I meant to thank both of you! All answers were very helpful. Didn't realize I was using a developers' site.

And as for doubt, if you're referring to Ubuntu software, apps, and community -- no doubt whatsoever, totally enjoying the new (for me) world of Ubuntu and Linux.

Many thanks,

Jesse