GNU stalkerfs

Introduction to GNU stalkerfs

GNU stalkerfs is a desktop search engine which gathers metadata not only from the underlying filesystem(s) but also from files themselves. This way it enables the user to find files using full-text search or special-attributes search, like using the interpreter of a shell script. It also supports file-tagging which enables the user to mark files with tags and access those through a special directory structure.

The user-visible interface is a virtual filesystem based on FUSE, which makes it possible to use stalkerfs from a command line only without the need of a GUI. On the other hand, a GUI for GNU stalkerfs only needs to write, modify and delete files in order to access the index.

GNU stalkerfs is Free Software and will be released under the terms of the GNU GPL version 3 once ready.

Downloading GNU stalkerfs

GNU stalkerfs has yet to be released. It is planned to release the first development version in mid-July or early August 2008.


Currently the documentation has not been uploaded yet. It will become available with the first public release of GNU stalkerfs.

Mailing Lists

GNU stalkerfs now has three mailing lists: <>, <> and <>.

The main discussion list is <>, and is used to discuss all aspects of GNU stalkerfs.

There is also a special list used for reporting bugs, <>. For details on submitting a bug report, please see the section Report a Bug below.

CVS commit notifications are available through the read-only <> mailing list.

To subscribe to any GNU stalkerfs mailing list, please send an empty mail with a Subject: header line of just "subscribe" to the relevant -request list. For example, to subscribe yourself to the main list, you would send mail to <> with no body and a Subject: header line of just "subscribe".

Request an Enhancement

If you would like any new feature to be included in future versions of GNU stalkerfs, please use the task tracker at GNU Savannah.

Please remember that development of GNU stalkerfs is a volunteer effort, and you can also contribute to its development. For information about contributing to the GNU Project, please read How to help GNU.

Report a Bug

If you think you have found a bug in GNU stalkerfs, then you either use the bug tracker at GNU Savannah or alternatively send as complete a report as possible to <>.


GNU stalkerfs development is done on the appropriate savannah project.


GNU stalkerfs is currently maintained by Stephan Peijnik <>.