The index configuration GUI

Most index configuration parameters can be set from the recoll GUI (set RECOLL_CONFDIR or use the -c option to affect a non-default index.)

The interface is started from the PreferencesIndex Configuration menu entry. It is divided in four tabs, Global parameters, Local parameters, Web history (details) and Search parameters.

The Global parameters tab allows setting global variables, like the lists of top/start directories, skipped paths, or stemming languages.

The Local parameters tab allows setting variables that can be redefined for subdirectories. This second tab has an initially empty list of customisation directories, to which you can add. The variables are then set for the currently selected directory (or at the top level if the empty line is selected).

The Search parameters section defines parameters which are used at query time, but are global to an index and affect all search tools, not only the GUI.

The meaning for most entries in the interface is self-evident and documented by a ToolTip popup on the text label. For more detail, you may need to refer to the configuration section of this guide.

The configuration tool normally respects the comments and most of the formatting inside the configuration file, so that it is quite possible to use it on hand-edited files, which you might nevertheless want to backup first...