Linux Collector User Guide

Live Optics Agent

What is Dossier?

Unstructured data is one of the fastest growing data categories in the world. Dossier is designed to bring insight to unstructured data through rapid File Characterization and reporting management. Dossier enables IT professionals to provide PDF reports as it includes information for useful suggestions focusing on data capacity utilization, de-duplication effectiveness, and compression reduction percentage.


Getting Started with Dossier Linux Collector:

To access it through live optics portal, follow the following steps:

  1. Go to:
  2. Login with your Live Optics account credentials.  
  3. Once logged in, click on the Collectors button in the menu and click Dossier.  




  • Download and extract Dossier software

Dossier, just like the original Live Optics software, is run locally from an End User's data center.  Click on "Download" button to save the Dossier .ZIP file locally to your computer.




Dossier gives you a wide variety of associated insight and it creates a report that will be available for download upon completion.




Linux Collector Steps


* The NFS file share must be mounted by Linux to be visible to Linux Dossier Collector.

Unpack tar.gz file

  1. Dossier Linux Collector will be downloaded as Dossier.Linux.x64.tar.gz.
  2. Move the downloaded collector file to a new folder to make things easier.
  3. To unpack the tar.gz file use command the following command:

tar -xzf LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.x64.tar.gz

Once tar.gz file is unpacked, you will notice that there is a file called: EULA_all.pdf and another one called: LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp file.


Grant Collector Execution Rights

Use chmod to allow the application to have execution rights.

chmod +x LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp




Linux Collector Run

Step 1: Show Help options.

To see what options parameters available to the Dossier Linux collect use the --help options.

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp --help




Step 2: Scan a directory.

  • To scan one directory simply adding a path after Linux Collector.

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder




  • To Scan more than one directory by adding paths one after another with space:

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder\ 2/




Step 2: [Alternative]: Scan Directory with Import file.

Alternatively, multiple path can be place within a text file separated by a new line. Use this text file to import all the paths. To import the text file use --import parameter.

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp --import /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder\ 2/10Paths.txt




Step 3: Scan directory with Compressions option

Compression test by default is 0 percent. Using the --percmp option user require to input an integer value after this optional parameter to represent the percentage value.

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp --percmp 10 /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder\ 2/




Step 4: Scan Directory with Deduplication option

To perform a deduplication scan, use --dedup option.

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp --dedup /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder\ 2/




Step 5: Scan Directory with Compression and Deduplication option

./LiveOptics.Dossier.Linux.ConsoleApp --percmp 10 --dedup /mnt/c/Users/tamk1/Desktop/New\ folder\ 2/







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