The Catfish program has been inoperative for several days now and I would like to know if there is any progress or information about it.
I should also like to know if there is another program which does the same thing as Catfish. So far, I have been unable to find an equivalent one. I hope that someone here can enlighten me as to a substitute.
Thanks in advance to anyone who has some information.
The fix was merged yesterday by the xfce devs but it hasn’t made it into a release.
There are a couple of simple ways you can work around this:
catfish until it is updated
- Use the workaround in the Arch bug report which only requires changing one line of a single file
While I suppose you could switch tools I don’t think that makes a lot of sense in this particular circumstance.
Thanks for the quick reply. If a fix is coming in the very near future, I’ll be happy to wait.
I am not sure when the fix will make it into Arch because I don’t really follow xfce at all. It will depend on a couple factors:
- If the Arch maintainer decides to pull the fix in via a patch or wait for a new release from the xfce team
- If it is the latter, how long the xfce team takes to make a release of catfish
Thank you. I’ll just have to be patient. The Catfish program is not an essential one for me but it certainly is convenient for the occasions when I wish to use it (it saves a lot of time).
I’ll just wait.
I applied this workaround but it didn’t work around…
Same error remains.
Looks like there is a typo there. The first " should just be ’
I noticed that but it didn’t matter.
I just tested it and it works fine here.
Can you share a copy of the file
Works here as well after applying the workaround.
The whole file, Dalto?
# -*- Mode: Python; coding: utf-8; indent-tabs-mode: nil; tab-width: 4 -*-
# Catfish - a versatile file searching tool
# Copyright (C) 2007-2012 Christian Dywan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
# Copyright (C) 2012-2020 Sean Davis <email@example.com>
# This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
# under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2, as published
# by the Free Software Foundation.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
# WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranties of
# MERCHANTABILITY, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
# PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
# with this program. If not, see <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
__all__ = [
# Where your project will look for your data (for instance, images and ui
# files). By default, this is ../data, relative your trunk layout
__catfish_data_directory__ = '/usr/share/catfish'
# Location of locate.db file
__locate_db_path__ = '/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db'
__license__ = 'GPL-2+'
__version__ = '4.16.1'
__url__ = 'https://docs.xfce.org/apps/catfish/start'
"""Raised when we can't find the project directory."""
"""Get the full path to a data file.
Returns the path to a file underneath the data directory (as defined by
`get_data_path`). Equivalent to os.path.join(get_data_path(),
return os.path.join(get_data_path(), *path_segments)
"""Retrieve catfish data path
This path is by default <catfish_lib_path>/../data/ in trunk
and /usr/share/catfish in an installed version but this path
is specified at installation time.
# Get pathname absolute or relative.
path = os.path.join(
abs_data_path = os.path.abspath(path)
if not os.path.exists(abs_data_path):
"""Return the location of the locate.db file
"""Return the program version number."""
from locale import gettext as _
'program_name': _('Catfish File Search'),
'comments': _('Catfish is a versatile file searching tool.'),
'copyright': 'Copyright (C) 2007-2012 Christian Dywan <firstname.lastname@example.org>\n'
'Copyright (C) 2012-2020 Sean Davis <email@example.com>',
'Christian Dywan <firstname.lastname@example.org>',
'Sean Davis <email@example.com>'],
'artists': ['Nancy Runge <firstname.lastname@example.org>']}
Wait, I am able to start it from a terminal, but not with its starter.
Exec line of its .desktop file. Mine was oddly set to:
I changed it to
and the launcher started to work.
I had to change it to
catfisf %f to make it start.
As of today, August 10, 2021, Catfish has been upgraded to version 4.16.2-1 and the program is now working perfectly again.