(Yet again probably will probably not be treated as a response.)Not sure of 
your current status, but here's my understanding:-- Zim keeps the important 
parts of a notebook as ordinary text files.-- But there are a few things it 
keeps in a cache directory. If need be those can be re-created, but, for 
efficiency, they're kept around.-- One such thing is its index, which is kept 
as a sqlite3 database. If that's missing, it will be created when zim starts. 
In particular, if the database gets corrupted, you can probably workaround that 
by deleting the db file and having zim re-create it from scratch.-- The 'cache' 
directory and the 'index' directory are the same (I think), but the terminology 
may not be consistent.
-- Usually the cache directory is a hidden directory inside the notebook 
directory (the directory that contains all the notes for a notebook), but by 
setting a command-line flag it could be elsewhere.-- Not sure how good zim is 
at coping with the cache directory not existing.-- Also, not sure how good zim 
is at dealing with other index-creation failures.
My guess is that your problem(s) have to do with the one or both of the last 
two. So try-- re-creating the default .zim directory in the notebook (prob. 
~/Notebooks/Notes/.zim), then normal start for zim.-- create a separate 
directory, then start zim with the --index flag. Don't use the directory for 
other things, not even other zim notebooks.In both cases make sure you can read 
and write to the directory.If neither works, most likely it's due to an 
index-creation failure, and might require further testing or setting a debugger 
breakpoint or running a version of zim with better diagnostics.

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