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

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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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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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How do I start developing a lens for Unity? [duplicate]

I would like to know how to create one of those lenses for unity. I know how to program. but I don't know where to start. Are there certain libraries I should use or docs that I should read? Are there ...
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What are differences between a lens and scope?

Well it seems those two terms are the most popular ones since 11.04. What truly are the differences and similarities between them (lenses and scopes)?
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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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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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What are Smart Scopes?

I've heard Ubuntu 13.10 will ship Smart Scopes technology. What are smart scopes?
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Where on the filesytem could a user find the Unity scope files?

I am wanting to find the Unity scope folder so that I can study how the scopes are set up and programmed. Where on the filesytem could I find the Unity scope files?
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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 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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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 do I remove the Youtube Unity lens?

I installed the Youtube scope and lens using these commands in terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/lenses sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yavol scope-youtube Every ...
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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 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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Is any personal or sensitive data collected as part of the Smart Scopes Server?

The Smart Scopes technology implies submitting search queries online for them to be processed by the Smart Scopes Server from Canonical. Is any personal or sensitive data collected as part of the ...
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How to remove or uninstall a Unity scope

I intalled the Unity Photo Lens using this commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:scopes-packagers/ppa && sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unity-lens-photo unity-scope-flickr ...
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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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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 change the order of scopes in a lens?

I recently installed 12.04, and have started to to fiddle around with lenses. I've installed two scopes for the music lens: Spotify and Grooveshark. It seems to me that the current scope display ...
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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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What's being done to make lenses be easily available to users?

This is not strictly a question and if it does not meet the criteria for entries on AskUbuntu, it should be deleted. However, I have been thinking on this for a while and thought this would be the ...
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How do I debug my Unity Scope?

I've started writing a scope for the Unity Dash, but it seems not to return results. I'd like to find out why: how can I debug my scope?
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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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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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What opportunities do scopes offer to mobile operators?

Mobile phone operators are often concerned with providing a means to provide differentiation in the OS they ship, while not increasing the maintenance cost due to potential fragmentation. This might ...
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How to compile a Unity scope? (Or: how to use libraries in Vala?)

I'm currently learning Vala, and after going through the basics I wanted to do an actual small project to make it more fun. For this, I thought creating a scope for Unity would be perfect (in this ...
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Is there a way to search an MPD library with the music lens?

I use MPD, along with the GUI client Sonata to play all my music. It works quite well, but none of my music shows up in the music lens (since I don't use Banshee or Rhythmbox, it's just empty). Has ...
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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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scope-contacts-google and unity-scope-spotify is missing packages which won't be installed

When I try to install scope-contacts-google and unity-scope-spotify, it says that is misses gir1.2-dee-0.5 for google gir1.2-unity-4.0 and gir1.2-dee-0.5 for spotify. When I try to install these ...
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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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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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Unity Scope doesn't search contacs

I migrated from Gnome 3.x to Unity, the one thing I miss is the contact search from Gnome. Mine online contacts Google and Facebook are successful synced with online accounts. When I looked in Gnome ...
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Searching Content Inside of Pictures and Scans?

I'm pretty exciting by the "scopes" within Ubuntu to search. However, I've had trouble finding any concrete answers on the following. I love using Evernote and Google Drive because they both search ...
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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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Which scopes are available in the default Ubuntu installation?

After I've installed Ubuntu, which scopes are readily available to return results from the Dash?
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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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Will lenses or scopes that worked in 12.04 work in 13.04?

Am I able to install a lens or a scope in 13.04 that I had used before in 12.04? Are the lenses and scopes build earlier (What lenses are available for Unity?) able "to just work" on 13.04? Looking ...
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How to fix VLC not recognizing the input format from YouTube Lens?

I have Ubuntu 11.10 and VLC 1.1.12. When I click on a video result in the lens, it opens VLC and I get the following error: VLC can't recognize the input's format: The format of ...
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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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Why can't I find any tutorial for Unity scope and Python for Ubuntu 13.10?

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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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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Changing how pirate bay scope opens results

I honestly don't entirely know what I am doing but I am trying to make the Pirate Bay Scope open its results with Acestream Player. One of the problems being Acestream doesn't know how to handle ...
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Is there an Amarok scope for the music lens?

I'm searching for an amarok scope for the music lens for a while now but could not find anything, not even a project. Anybody got something working? I use amarok as i love the dynamic play lists 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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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 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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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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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 ...