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I just installed Natty fresh on my laptop, and for the purposes of this experiment, I have one file on my system. My Downloads, Documents, Music, etc are all empty, but Pictures contains one file named "tornado.png". If I simply hit the super key and search through that main lens, I don't get results for "to", "torn", or even "tornado" -- only for "tornado.png". And, if I search using the Files Lens (Super+S), I get no results at all, even for "tornado.png".

Is this not getting indexed properly? What's going on?

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possible similar question: – fossfreedom Feb 25 '12 at 20:46
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The file lens displays results based on files that you have actually opened. It does NOT search a full index of all your files.

At a technical level the results come from a tool called Zeitgeist rather than Tracker.

If you search for files useing Super +F you have the added advantage of having search results arranged by how recently you opened the files.

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I had the same problem when switching to Unity, and thought that not having proper indexing in 2011 is a bit weird. So I made a little data provider for the file lens which queries Tracker to ge the results.

It's available here:

And the instructions to get the thing running on your system are in the wiki:

Let me know if it works for you!

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I had the same problem with an empty dash. Check out this fix:

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