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A complete new install of lubuntu 11.10 has synaptic 0.75.2ubuntu7. Previously when using synaptic on another system there was a search box in the tool bar where a search string could be entered which would reduce the displayed packages as the string was being entered. The box is not being displayed nor do I find any setting to enable/disable it.

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this is still a bug in 12.10 Lubuntu however solved with the answer provided –  Ringtail Nov 29 '12 at 3:47

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sudo apt-get install apt-xapian-index
sudo update-apt-xapian-index -vf

From: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1178974

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Unfortunately this solution does not work for me (ubuntu x64 12.10 fresh install) –  JoZ3 Apr 10 '13 at 17:12

forums linuxmint suggests installing apt-xapian-index when the box is present but grayed out. This solution also works in this case where the Quick Filter box is completely missing.

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If the other answers don't help then try:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall synaptic
sudo dpkg-reconfigure synaptic

It worked for me.

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