Zeitgeist does not start in Ubuntu 17.04

Asked by corrado venturini on 2017-02-23

I just installed Ubuntu 17.04 from last daily Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170222)
corrado@corrado-z4:~$ uname -a
Linux corrado-z4 4.10.0-9-generic #11-Ubuntu SMP Mon Feb 20 13:47:35 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
corrado@corrado-z4:~$
corrado@corrado-z4:~$ inxi -Fx
System: Host: corrado-z4 Kernel: 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0)
           Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 3.22.7-1ubuntu4) Distro: Ubuntu Zesty Zapus (development branch)
Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: Gigabyte model: H87M-D3H v: x.x UEFI: American Megatrends v: F3 date: 04/24/2013
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-4130 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 13567
           clock speeds: max: 3400 MHz 1: 806 MHz 2: 803 MHz 3: 873 MHz 4: 814 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 4th Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1680x1050@59.88hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-9-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 94:de:80:7e:90:a7
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (1.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB temp: 33C
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 4.9G (17%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.59GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 212 Uptime: 23 min Memory: 1008.6/7861.2MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 6.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.51) inxi: 2.3.8
corrado@corrado-z4:~$

and zeitgeist does not start:

Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 dbus-daemon[2048]: Activating via systemd: service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine' unit='zeitgeist.service'
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 systemd[2015]: Starting Zeitgeist activity log service...
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 zeitgeist-vacuu[2842]: zeitgeist-vacuum.vala:38: Impossible to open database `/home/corrado/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite': unable to open database file
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 systemd[2015]: zeitgeist.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=14
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 systemd[2015]: Failed to start Zeitgeist activity log service.
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 systemd[2015]: zeitgeist.service: Unit entered failed state.
Feb 23 10:19:35 corrado-z4 systemd[2015]: zeitgeist.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Feb 23 10:19:43 corrado-z4 gnome-software-service.desktop[2612]: 09:19:43:0074 Gs failed to call gs_plugin_add_updates_historical on fwupd: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.freedesktop.fwupd: Timeout was reached
Feb 23 10:20:00 corrado-z4 zeitgeist-datah[2834]: log.vala:103: Unable to connect to Zeitgeist: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine: Timeout was reached
Feb 23 10:20:01 corrado-z4 systemd[1]: Starting Stop ureadahead data collection...
Feb 23 10:20:01 corrado-z4 systemd[1]: Started Stop ureadahead data collection.
Feb 23 10:20:25 corrado-z4 zeitgeist-datah[2834]: Unable to connect to Zeitgeist's DataSourceRegistry: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine: Timeout was reached
Feb 23 10:20:25 corrado-z4 zeitgeist-datah[2834]: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:103: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine: Timeout was reached
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: g_action_print_detailed_name: assertion 'g_action_name_is_valid (action_name)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: gtk_application_set_accels_for_action: assertion 'detailed_action_name != NULL' failed
Feb 23 10:20:43 corrado-z4 gnome-system-lo[2901]: Allocating size to GtkScrolledWindow 0x22f8470 without calling gtk_widget_get_preferred_width/height(). How does the code know the size to allocate?
Feb 23 10:20:47 corrado-z4 unity-panel-ser[2588]: window_menu_model_new: assertion 'BAMF_IS_APPLICATION(app)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:47 corrado-z4 unity-panel-ser[2588]: track_menus: assertion 'IS_WINDOW_MENU(menus)' failed
Feb 23 10:20:55 corrado-z4 dbus-daemon[2048]: Activating service name='org.gnome.GConf'
Feb 23 10:20:55 corrado-z4 dbus-daemon[2048]: Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.GConf'
Feb 23 10:20:57 corrado-z4 unity-panel-ser[2588]: Already have a menu for window ID 46137369 with path /com/canonical/menu/2C00019 from :1.90, unregistering that one
Feb 23 10:21:00 corrado-z4 systemd-resolved[1304]: Switching to DNS server 62.101.93.101 for interface enp2s0.
Feb 23 10:21:03 corrado-z4 systemd-resolved[1304]: Switching to DNS server 83.103.25.250 for interface enp2s0.
Feb 23 10:21:13 corrado-z4 compiz[2569]: ERROR 2017-02-23 10:21:13 unity <unknown>:0 log.vala:103: Unable to connect to Zeitgeist: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine: Timeout was reached
Feb 23 10:21:35 corrado-z4 dbus-daemon[2048]: Failed to activate service 'org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine': timed out
Feb 23 10:29:53 corrado-z4 dbus[1021]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.hostname1' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.hostname1.service'
Feb 23 10:29:53 corrado-z4 systemd[1]: Starting Hostname Service...

corrado@corrado-z4:~$ apt-cache policy zeitgeist*
zeitgeist-datahub:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-core:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-explorer:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.2-1.1
  Version table:
     0.2-1.1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist-extension-fts:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
corrado@corrado-z4:~$

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Last query:
2017-02-24
Last reply:
2017-02-24

I suggest you report a bug. Zesty is not ready and is not stable.

If you want to help get Zesty ready for release in April, and want to report bugs and issues as you find them then by all means use Zesty but it will not be a smooth experience up to (and even a few weeks after) release date.

If you need an OS that works then I suggest you wipe Zesty off and do a clean install of Xenial. Xenial is rock solid and is LTS so supported til April 2021.

I have Xenial for normal work, but I try Zesty hoping to help development.
will try to open a bug, but i don't know how to proceed because it don't start

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

From your output:

zeitgeist:
   Installed: (none)

What happens if you try installing that package?

no change:
corrado@corrado-z4:~$ apt-cache policy zeitgeist*
zeitgeist-datahub:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-core:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-explorer:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.2-1.1
  Version table:
     0.2-1.1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist-extension-fts:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
corrado@corrado-z4:~$ zeitgeist
zeitgeist: command not found
corrado@corrado-z4:~$ sudo apt-get install zeitgeist
[sudo] password for corrado:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libllvm3.9 libmagickcore-6.q16-2 libraw15
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following additional packages will be installed:
  python-dbus python-gi python-gobject-2 python-xdg python-zeitgeist
Suggested packages:
  python-dbus-dbg python-dbus-doc python-gi-cairo python-gobject-2-dbg
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  python-dbus python-gi python-gobject-2 python-xdg python-zeitgeist zeitgeist
0 upgraded, 6 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 527 kB of archives.
After this operation, 2.363 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 python-dbus amd64 1.2.4-1 [85,1 kB]
Get:2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 python-gi amd64 3.22.0-2 [194 kB]
Get:3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 python-gobject-2 amd64 2.28.6-12ubuntu1 [181 kB]
Get:4 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 python-xdg all 0.25-4 [31,4 kB]
Get:5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 python-zeitgeist all 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 [31,8 kB]
Get:6 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 zeitgeist all 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 [2.794 B]
Fetched 527 kB in 1s (392 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package python-dbus.
(Reading database ... 206785 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../0-python-dbus_1.2.4-1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking python-dbus (1.2.4-1) ...
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Selecting previously unselected package zeitgeist.
Preparing to unpack .../5-zeitgeist_0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1_all.deb ...
Unpacking zeitgeist (0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1) ...
Setting up python-gobject-2 (2.28.6-12ubuntu1) ...
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Remove stale byte-compiled files...
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Setting up zeitgeist (0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1) ...
corrado@corrado-z4:~$

corrado@corrado-z4:~$ apt-cache policy zeitgeist*
zeitgeist-datahub:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-core:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-explorer:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.2-1.1
  Version table:
     0.2-1.1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-extension-fts:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
corrado@corrado-z4:~$

Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 dbus-daemon[2084]: Activating via systemd: service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine' unit='zeitgeist.service'
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 systemd[2041]: Starting Zeitgeist activity log service...
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 zeitgeist-vacuu[2931]: zeitgeist-vacuum.vala:38: Impossible to open database `/home/corrado/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite': unable to open database file
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 systemd[2041]: zeitgeist.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=14
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 systemd[2041]: Failed to start Zeitgeist activity log service.
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 systemd[2041]: zeitgeist.service: Unit entered failed state.
Feb 23 16:12:37 corrado-z4 systemd[2041]: zeitgeist.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #5

If there errors still show up after a reboot, then you should consider creating a bug report.

zeitgeist runs flawlessly on another Zesty on same PC different partition. this system was migrated from Yak.
corrado@corrado-zesty:~$ inxi -Fx
System: Host: corrado-zesty Kernel: 4.10.0-8-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0) Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 2.24.31)
           Distro: Ubuntu Zesty Zapus (development branch)
Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: Gigabyte model: H87M-D3H v: x.x UEFI: American Megatrends v: F3 date: 04/24/2013
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-4130 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 13568
           clock speeds: max: 3400 MHz 1: 3227 MHz 2: 3302 MHz 3: 3394 MHz 4: 3306 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 4th Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1680x1050@59.88hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-8-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 94:de:80:7e:90:a7
Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (1.8% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST1000DM003 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 9.3G (32%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.59GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 29.8C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 224 Uptime: 11 min Memory: 1216.2/7861.2MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 6.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.51) inxi: 2.3.8
corrado@corrado-zesty:~$

Feb 23 19:11:48 corrado-zesty systemd[2317]: Starting Zeitgeist activity log service...
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty dbus-daemon[2352]: Activating via systemd: service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer' unit='zeitgeist-fts.service'
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty dbus-daemon[2352]: Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine'
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty systemd[2317]: Started Zeitgeist activity log service.
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty systemd[2317]: Starting Zeitgeist full-text search indexer...
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty zeitgeist-datah[3223]: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:229: Unable to get name "org.gnome.zeitgeist.datahub" on the bus!
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty dbus-daemon[2352]: Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer'
Feb 23 19:11:49 corrado-zesty systemd[2317]: Started Zeitgeist full-text search indexer.
Feb 23 19:11:50 corrado-zesty pulseaudio[2786]: [pulseaudio] bluez5-util.c: GetManagedObjects() failed: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.TimedOut: Failed to activate service 'org.bluez': timed out

zeitgeist runs flawlessly on another Zesty on different hardware. installed from:
Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20161106)

corrado@corrado-HP-zesty:~$ inxi -Fx
System: Host: corrado-HP-zesty Kernel: 4.10.0-9-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.3.0)
           Desktop: Gnome (Gtk 3.22.7-1ubuntu4) Distro: Ubuntu Zesty Zapus (development branch)
Machine: Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP 250 G3 Notebook PC v: 0991100000000000000600087
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 2211 v: 86.49 UEFI: Insyde v: F.36 date: 12/18/2014
Battery BAT1: charge: 10.1 Wh 45.1% condition: 22.3/22.5 Wh (99%) model: 13-42 OA03031 status: Discharging
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-4210U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9578
           clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 1621 MHz 2: 1739 MHz 3: 1699 MHz 4: 1819 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1366x768@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel 8 Series HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-9-generic
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus-ID: 08:00.0
           IF: enp8s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 5c:b9:01:06:ba:ce
           Card-2: Ralink RT3290 Wireless 802.11n 1T/1R PCIe driver: rt2800pci v: 2.3.0 bus-ID: 09:00.0
           IF: wlo1 state: down mac: 7a:a5:36:f7:20:44
Drives: HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (2.3% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST500LT012 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 32G used: 7.1G (24%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.29GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 45.0C mobo: 45.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 206 Uptime: 23 min Memory: 935.2/3881.4MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 6.3.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.4.51) inxi: 2.3.8
corrado@corrado-HP-zesty:~$

Still having the problem with new install from: Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170224)
Directory .local/share/zeitgeist is empty. Zeitgeist does not start.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

Can you identify differences between the one system that works, and the other one that doesn't?

here apt-cache policy, log and ls from zesty installed from the old daily Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20161106)
where zeitgeist works fine and I don't have the (probably related) problem https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/1665602

corrado@corrado-z-nov16:~$ apt-cache policy zeitgeis*
zeitgeist-datahub:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0ubuntu5
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
 *** 0.9.16-0ubuntu5 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-core:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0ubuntu5
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
 *** 0.9.16-0ubuntu5 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-explorer:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.2-1.1
  Version table:
     0.2-1.1 500
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://it.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist-extension-fts:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
corrado@corrado-z-nov16:~$

Feb 24 17:24:13 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-software[2346]: Theme parsing error: nautilus.css:55:71: Using one color stop with linear-gradient() is deprecated.
Feb 24 17:24:13 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-software[2346]: Theme parsing error: nautilus.css:56:71: Using one color stop with linear-gradient() is deprecated.
Feb 24 17:24:13 corrado-z-nov16 dbus[831]: [system] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.fwupd' (using servicehelper)
Feb 24 17:24:14 corrado-z-nov16 fwupd[2373]: Failed to coldplug: UEFI firmware updating not supported
Feb 24 17:24:14 corrado-z-nov16 dbus[831]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.fwupd'
Feb 24 17:24:33 corrado-z-nov16 dbus-daemon[1527]: Activating service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine'
Feb 24 17:24:33 corrado-z-nov16 dbus-daemon[1527]: Activating service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer'
Feb 24 17:24:33 corrado-z-nov16 dbus-daemon[1527]: Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine'
Feb 24 17:24:33 corrado-z-nov16 zeitgeist-datah[2413]: zeitgeist-datahub.vala:229: Unable to get name "org.gnome.zeitgeist.datahub" on the bus!
Feb 24 17:24:33 corrado-z-nov16 dbus-daemon[1527]: Successfully activated service 'org.gnome.zeitgeist.SimpleIndexer'
Feb 24 17:25:00 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-terminal.[2434]: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:23:18: not a number
Feb 24 17:25:00 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-terminal.[2434]: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:23:18: Expected a string.
Feb 24 17:25:00 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-terminal.[2434]: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:832:10: not a number
Feb 24 17:25:00 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-terminal.[2434]: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:832:24: Using Pango syntax for the font: style property is deprecated; please use CSS syntax
Feb 24 17:25:00 corrado-z-nov16 gnome-terminal.[2434]: Theme parsing error: gtk-widgets.css:1985:14: not a number

corrado@corrado-z-nov16:~$ ls ~/.local/share -l
total 100
drwxr-xr-x 6 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 accounts
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 applications
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 content-hub
drwx------ 7 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 evolution
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 15:00 gnome-software
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 775 feb 24 08:42 gsettings-data-convert
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 18:41 gvfs-metadata
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 icc
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 18:35 keyrings
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 libertine
drwx------ 3 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 nautilus
-rw------- 1 corrado corrado 10065 feb 24 18:41 recently-used.xbel
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 7565 feb 24 15:41 recently-used.xbel.56WEWY
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 8278 feb 24 17:27 recently-used.xbel.TXYDWY
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 2086 feb 24 09:27 recently-used.xbel.UZ0KVY
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 475 feb 24 08:42 session_migration-ubuntu
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 sounds
drwx------ 4 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 18:40 Trash
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 08:42 unity-settings-daemon
drwx------ 3 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 14:57 zeitgeist
corrado@corrado-z-nov16:~$ ls ~/.local/share/zeitgeist -l
total 4308
-rw------- 1 corrado corrado 172032 feb 24 18:40 activity.sqlite
-rw------- 1 corrado corrado 32768 feb 24 18:42 activity.sqlite-shm
-rw------- 1 corrado corrado 4194192 feb 24 18:42 activity.sqlite-wal
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 18:42 fts.index
corrado@corrado-z-nov16:~$

here apt-cache policy, log and ls from zesty installed from the last daily Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus" - Alpha amd64 (20170224)
where zeitgeist does not start and I HAVE the (probably related) problem https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/1665602

corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$ apt-cache policy zeitgeis*
zeitgeist-datahub:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-core:
  Installed: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
zeitgeist-explorer:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.2-1.1
  Version table:
     0.2-1.1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.9.16-0.2ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe i386 Packages
zeitgeist-extension-fts:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: (none)
  Version table:
corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$

Feb 24 17:20:46 corrado-z-24feb17 nm-dispatcher: req:5 'dhcp6-change' [enp2s0]: start running ordered scripts...
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 dbus-daemon[2071]: Activating via systemd: service name='org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine' unit='zeitgeist.service'
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[2033]: Starting Zeitgeist activity log service...
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 zeitgeist-vacuu[2909]: zeitgeist-vacuum.vala:38: Impossible to open database `/home/corrado/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite': unable to open database file
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[2033]: zeitgeist.service: Control process exited, code=exited status=14
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[2033]: Failed to start Zeitgeist activity log service.
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[2033]: zeitgeist.service: Unit entered failed state.
Feb 24 17:20:49 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[2033]: zeitgeist.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.
Feb 24 17:20:57 corrado-z-24feb17 gnome-software-service.desktop[2629]: 16:20:57:0073 Gs failed to call gs_plugin_add_updates_historical on fwupd: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.freedesktop.fwupd: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.TimedOut: Failed to activate service 'org.freedesktop.fwupd': timed out
Feb 24 17:21:13 corrado-z-24feb17 dbus[920]: [system] Activating via systemd: service name='org.freedesktop.hostname1' unit='dbus-org.freedesktop.hostname1.service'
Feb 24 17:21:13 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[1]: Starting Hostname Service...
Feb 24 17:21:14 corrado-z-24feb17 dbus[920]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.hostname1'
Feb 24 17:21:14 corrado-z-24feb17 systemd[1]: Started Hostname Service.
Feb 24 17:21:14 corrado-z-24feb17 zeitgeist-datah[2901]: log.vala:103: Unable to connect to Zeitgeist: Error calling StartServiceByName for org.gnome.zeitgeist.Engine: Timeout was reached
Feb 24 17:21:17 corrado-z-24feb17 unity-panel-ser[2588]: window_menu_model_new: assertion 'BAMF_IS_APPLICATION(app)' failed
Feb 24 17:21:17 corrado-z-24feb17 unity-panel-ser[2588]: track_menus: assertion 'IS_WINDOW_MENU(menus)' failed

corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$ ls ~/.local/share -l
total 84
drwxr-xr-x 6 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 accounts
drwxr-xr-x 3 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:35 app-info
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 applications
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 content-hub
drwx------ 7 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 evolution
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 14:39 gnome-software
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 775 feb 24 12:34 gsettings-data-convert
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 17:51 gvfs-metadata
drwxrwxr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 ibus-table
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 icc
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 14:13 inxi
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 17:45 keyrings
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 libertine
drwx------ 3 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 nautilus
-rw------- 1 corrado corrado 8733 feb 24 18:27 recently-used.xbel
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 0 feb 24 13:28 recently-used.xbel.EBDEWY
-rw-r--r-- 1 corrado corrado 475 feb 24 12:34 session_migration-ubuntu
drwx------ 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 sounds
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 unity-settings-daemon
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 zeitgeist
corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$ ls ~/.local/share/zeitgeist -la
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 12:34 .
drwxr-xr-x 18 corrado corrado 4096 feb 24 18:27 ..
corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$ ls ~/.local/share/zeitgeist -l
total 0
corrado@corrado-z-24feb17:~$

let me know if I can add more useful information
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