Information Overload

Thu, May 8, 2003 with tags old

I seem to have a lot of documentation on my computer. This comes in the form of text files, man and info pages, HTML files, a few word docs, some powerpoint slides, and a bunch of PDF documents. The problem is that while each of these has their own searching mechanism, there isn’t one consistent mechanism for all of them. For example say I wanted to search for “references in python” I would like to search all of the stuff including my python docs and pdf files that I have on python to try and find this. Intuitively this doesn’t seem all that hard. Maybe I’m just fooling myself here. Does anyone know of a piece of software that can do this? It doesn’t need to have a web frontend, any frontend will do just fine.