Scopes are the back ends used to provide results for searches performed through the Unity Dash.

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Difference between Scopes and Apps in Ubuntu touch

In the last couple of years I made several apps for Android (Native and with Cordova) and now I want to develop apps for Ubuntu Touch. I am not yet in the possession of a Ubuntu supported phone (I ...
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Dash search does not show applications

Since the upgrade (actually a fresh install) to 13.10, many times, when I open Dash and search for an application I only get results for files and folders. Sometimes I get some applications but not ...
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Unity lens - what is 'locked-scopes'

Pulling up the .dconf editor GUI, under unity/lenses, there is the 'locked-scopes' field. What does it do?
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Is there an option to “force” the dash to open a file after I click on it instead of going to options?

When I launch an application from the dash I just need to type a few letters and when I see the application I want, I just click on it and it opens. The problem in the Files & Folder lens. When ...
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Unity 8 scopes: changing the card color has no effect

The example scope that comes with the ubuntu-sdk implements a client for the OpenWeatherMap API. If I specify "card-background" in the category renderer template (because I want to have background ...
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Documentation / guides for offline ubuntu phone scopes

I've been working on an Ubuntu phone scope that is NOT connecting to the internet, it is retrieving local results. I am having difficulty, which is mostly due to not having a guide for how to write a ...
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How do I add categories to a scope?

I'm playing around with the Ubuntu SDK. At the moment I'm trying to create a Unity 8 Scope. Currently I'm stuck with the following: How do I add categories to the scope (the selection list above the ...
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Scope settings - what does “list” type returns?

i am trying to get the string selected from a list (defined in the settings.ini with name [listname]) using this code: unity::scopes::VariantMap config = settings(); std::string selected_string = ...
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Has the support for the Python language been removed from the SDK?

Has the support for the Python language been removed from the SDK in Ubuntu 13.10? I can't find any tutorial for the Unity scope and for Python.
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What programming languages are scopes written in?

I'd like to get started writing a Scope for Ubuntu. What programming languages are available and what should I choose?
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Cannot run the Unity 8 openclipart scope example

Following the instructions of this page, I have installed the Ubuntu SDK and downloaded the tutorials source code. The openclipart scope builds correctly, but I have a runtime error: $ ...
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Testing existing Ubuntu scopes without a supported device

I'm interested in participating in the Ubuntu app Showdown in which you have to make a scope. But before I begin developing I'd like to see how scopes work and what scopes are available. I don't ...
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Cannot build unity scope from qt creator

I am trying to do the unity scope tutorial from ubuntu developer's site. I follow the following steps Create new project (unity scope) Set name and directory parameters As kit i choose i386 ubuntu ...
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Force Dash and/or Smart Scopes through Tor Network?

When I enter keystrokes into Unity Dash with an original 14.04 setup, my understanding is that these are sent to local- as well as cloud-based "Smart Scopes" on Canonical servers. How can I configure ...
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I have permanent connections to Canonical servers, what are they for and how can I turn them off?

After the recent upgrade to 12, I notice permanent connections to canonical servers. Running netstat -tp gives: Foreign Address State PID/Program name mulberry.canonical:http ...
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A required package was not found - Ubuntu SDK default template has this error

I want to do some Unity Scope development and I'm getting this error: CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake-2.8/Modules/FindPkgConfig.cmake:283 (message): A required package was not found Here's a quick ...
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dash doesn't show askubuntu search results on 14.04

Unfortunatly I get no search results from askubuntu, although it should be integrated in unity-scope-home. Could anybody explain how to reconfigure the dash to get it working? I tried reinstalling ...
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How can I disable all dash plugins except a select few at once? [duplicate]

My Dash is extremely slow and I came here looking for a solution. I found this answer: You can disable individual scopes in the Dash Plugins section of Applications Lens. Ubuntu 13.10 (or 14.04 in ...
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What lenses for Unity are available?

This question is present as a matter of historical interest. While you are encouraged to help maintain its answers, please understand that "big list" questions are not generally allowed on ...
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Video Scope not correctly displaying content in mounted drive

I have all of my Videos on an external HDD mounted via fstab at boot to ~/Videos This works perfectly for everything but the Dash. The Dash finds Videos I have played in the past via the home scope ...
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Can't see installed software

I've install the "Ask Ubuntu Lens" from the software center but it didn't show up is the lenses and I can't search for it as an install app ! What should I do ?
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Does lens exist in Ubuntu14.04?

When I import 'Lens' from 'gi.repository' in Python, it shows that the Lens doesn't exist, as well as 'Scope'. But 'SimpleScope' exist. Is there any structural changing between Ubuntu 14.04 and ...
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How do you add The Pirate Bay scope?

So, I've installed unity-scope-piratebay, but it doesn't work in 14.04. unity-lens-torrents is not published for trusty and even after installing from a .deb file it doesn't work. There is no lens and ...
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How to get Google Drive (Docs) search to work in Unity Dash?

How to get Google Drive (Docs) search to work in Unity Dash? I've added my Google account in the Online Accounts System Settings panel. I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 with the following packages installed: ...
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Adding lenses and scopes to Unity in Ubuntu 14.04

Ok, so I've recently gone through this post, and want to add some of the scopes mentioned there. I wanted to add the scope for Wikipedia, so I used the following code : sudo add-apt-repository ...
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Can the C++ API be used to develop scopes for Unity 7?

I want to develop a Unity 7 scope for Ubuntu 14.04. I've found a nice introduction here, but unity-scope-tool depends on Unity 8 which I don't won't to install. As I can see, most of the other scopes ...
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How to plug a custom scope in the dash

I have followed the tutorial for creating a scope found here http://developer.ubuntu.com/scopes/tutorials/unity-8-scope-example-openclipart/ I managed to modify the code and have the scope retrieve ...
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How to disable all scopes, filters and dash plugins?

The Dash is overloading me with stuff I don't need, down to the weather and food recipes (?!) when I'm just looking for a file or app. Also I can't figure out how to set it to include music files ...
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Disable Unity search “partners” across all present and future user accounts

We would like to disable the Unity default Amazon and other partners search. I know this is easy to do for one account either through gsettings in terminal or under privacy in system settings. But ...
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Dash search does not find all of my files

For example: I create the file X.odt and then export it as pdf. After I click on dash search (the files filter is active) X. The X.odt appears with no problem but the X.pdf does not. That happens ...
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Unity Scope to read XMP metadata from local files

I have seen various tutorials on writing Unity Scopes, including the one on developer.ubuntu.com However, they all appear to concentrate on scopes that download data from various web services. I am ...
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What to do when my scope does not fit into any master scope?

I have created my own unity scope following this tutorial which works very well. For now I have added it to the Info master scope, however it does not really fit there or in any other master scope. ...
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How to get the list of Dash search plugins (scopes) in command line?

I am going to disable all or some of Dash search plugins (scopes). I can do it in Dash GUI one by one (see http://askubuntu.com/a/355523/103599) but it seems to me unpractical as there are 56 plugins ...
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implement filter in unity-scopes with python

A lot of the unity-scopes do not work in ubuntu (for example the unity-scope-gmusicbrowser), thus I've tried to "correct" them in order to get results in the dash. Ok, I succeeded in doing this (for ...
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How to permanently enable in-dash calculator in 13.10

In previous versions of Ubuntu, I used a calculator scope from some PPA. It was very nice, worked snappily and generally behaved like calc. 13.10 has it's own calculator, which can be used, but it ...
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How to create a scope?

I'd like to create a custom scope that searches and returns results from an online source for personal use. Is this possible? And if so, how?
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How to uninstall banshee scope in 13.10?

13.10 comes with a banshee scope. But it doesn't appear as an uninstall option like other scopes offer. So how does user uninstall this scope/lens?
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What does the “Commands” scope do?

In Ubuntu 13.10 there is a "Commands" scope. I was wondering what this one filters for and where I can read about what it does.
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How to remove all online smart scopes completely and permanently?

I want to remove all unitiy scopes, that may access the internet completely and permanently form a pool of many Ubuntu 13.10 machines. How to do that?
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Smart Scopes run-order

Using Smart Scopes on my desktop Ubuntu 13.10, I noticed that sometimes (typically the first time I search for something using Dash) applications installed on my system take a backstage to online ...
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Why I can't search from the Dash on Amazon anymore on 13.04?

I know a lot of people were not happy with the search functionality from Amazon being added to Ubuntu but I was really pleased with it till now -- it stopped working. Since upgrading to 13.04 I am no ...
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The little search thing wont work anymore

I never had a problem with this before but today when I tried to use that app, the one that says "Search your computer and online sources" when you hover over it, it wont find ANYTHING useful. It wont ...
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How to write a simple scope for a Unity lens? [duplicate]

I am looking for a tutorial on writing a scope for simple search from a website. The tutorial at Ubuntu wiki is very complex. If somebody can explain me the steps to write a scope in a simplest way, ...
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How to get working Firefox bookmarks scope?

I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10, and saw that there is now a package "unity-scope-firefoxbookmarks", and I see in the dash sources list: However, I cannot find any of my bookmarks from the dash (the ...
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Why is “libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop” part of non-Unity flavors in 13.10?

OS: Lubuntu 13.10, clean install. I noticed an update for libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop. To find out what that is, I ran apt-cache show libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop and saw this, in part: ...
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Where can I find more Ubuntu 13.10 unity scopes

I want to find more unity scopes for ubuntu 13.10 because I am new to Ubuntu and I want to use lots of unity scopes, if you can help me find some that would be awesome.
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Is there a way to install and use smart scopes in 13.04 ?

I would like to try the smart scopes feature because this would be the only reason for me to upgrade to saucy. is there a way to try the feature (the final version used in saucy) in ubuntu 13.04 ? And ...
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How can I search manpages in 13.10’s dash?

In 13.10, there is no dedicated help lens. In 13.04, it was the place for docs like yelp, manpages or texinfo. However, there is a manpage scope in the dash, and it is activated. But when I search ...
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What is the skimlinks scope and how does it work

What is the skimlinks scope ( 'more_suggestions-skimlinks.scope) and what results does it show or what links does it create in the dash. All I know is skimlinks affiliates links so how does this ...
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Lenses & Scopes - Is it possible to copy content by clicking on it in the Dash?

I just got an idea to create a lense that would work as a Character Map. I need character copying very often, and on Windows there was a very useful programme (PopChar), but on Ubuntu I haven't found ...