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Gnome shell overview search does not search directories indexed by tracker

Running a very recent install of GNOME Shell 3.10 on Ubuntu 14.04. the command-line tracker search tools work very well but the overview search in the GNOME Shell does not search the filesystem. ...
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Search text within multiple pdfs and docs

I got a bunch of notes written by other students, but they are from an old textbook that didn't deal with everything in the same order, so I need to search through the notes for every chapter (each ...
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Program is starting every time I search on Unity's search

Every time I hit the windows key (search) and type something the program Tomboy is launched. This behavior is annoying and I cant find which configuration is causing it. Also, a new instance is ...
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Export Foldernames in a directory to csv file [closed]

I have a question regarding exporting folder names to a csv file. I have read already many entries in the web to such topics but on nearly all the topic was about exporting filenames and size and ...
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How to keep search value in unity dashboard during changing lenses?

If I go to the unity dashboard and search for something, the search value is not available on other lenses.
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Media Scanner Script

I am a beginner with Bash scripting. I have recently been working on a script to harden Ubuntu computers for a school project. Everything is going well, except that the students are not allowed to ...
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grep recursively for specific files

I tried to use grep to find some code snippets in python files which are spreaded over some directories / subdirectories, but unfortunately my attempts failed :( I thought: grep -r "search-pattern" ...
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search for duplicate photos

I have photos, in folder A, they also exist, in folders B and C. They have the same filenames. How to search for them and delete them from folder A? A perl script or something would be ideal since I ...
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Evince does not see my search string. But why not?

I have got a number of pdf documents (bank account statements), where I regularly need to search for certain kinds of transaction by keyword. Recently I observed that with Acrobat 9 (a very old ...
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Ubuntu search not finding any files

I've noticed that the search indexes only those files which have previously been opened with some application. For example, searching for a presentation returns 0 results initially, but once I ...
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Searching in Dash

What are the characters which the Dash search uses to split filenames into words? I mean, if you have a file some random.txt, the dash will show if you enter either 'some' or 'random'. But what if I ...
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How do I find a recent file by date created?

If I want to find a file by name, I do the following: find -name app If I want to find a file by type, I do the following: find -name app -type d However, because app is such a generic name, ...
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Can't search Google in Firefox's Start Page (about:home)

I'm a new user to Ubuntu (to linux in particular). Recently I've changed my FF's homepage from Ubuntu start page(about:startpage) to FF start page(about:home). I can type into the search bar but ...
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Dash Home won't stop searching/ Can't search in Dash Home

I'm running 14.04 and since a couple of days my dash home won't stop searching. Even when the searchbar is empty. It shows a couple of apps and folders, but when I type in a search command nothing ...
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How to select files/folders based on input name prefix match in nautilus instead of start searching? [duplicate]

When one types on the keyboard in a view of a directory in nautilus, it either starts searching or to select the first file/folder matching the input with a prefix in the file's/folder's name. I've ...
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key shortcut for previous and next occurrence of searched item

I was searching for a file name in specific folder and search results returns 10 files for that search term highlighting the first one. Now I want to go to next search item , What are the keyboard ...
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No Icon images in unity dash for applications

I'm not sure how you would call it, but I do not have any images showing on the search bar. With that I mean the search thing with the Ubuntu logo (sorry for not knowing the name, I just installed ...
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Locate files matching mimetype in a directory recursively via command line

I wish to get a list of all files in a project folder [recursively] that are image files. Unfortunately Google was unable to help me here. If possible, the use of current system's mimetypes is ...
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Search capability does not work since upgrade to 14.04

When I do a search (Ctrl+F) in LibreOffice Writer only one letter is accepted, like in some sort of overwrite mode. The same happens, for example, in gedit. However a Ctrl+F search from the browser ...
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Address Book Authentication

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04.1 and run Gnome Shell. I am consistently getting a pop up window prompting me for my Gmail address book authentication. The window pops up the moment I type something ...
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Unity Dash Application search results - some icons appear as blank page icons

Ubuntu 14.04 64bit on Dell E6420 (Sandybridge graphics) Open Unity Dash search My filters are set only on "Applications" and "Files & Folders" I type : Software The results are good but some ...
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How to search strings inside files like in Windows without search monkey?

Hi I am using a vmware through which I cannot connect to internet because of security restrictions. I was wondering if there was a way to search for strings through the terminal but then find which ...
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How to fix: Unity Dash does not find a program which IS listed in Unity Dash programs?

It seems as a random bug. Open Unity Dash. Search for a program (Skype or Minitube for me). No results and searching is finished (no loading icon). Repeats no more after opening the program from ...
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How to make faster first search at Unity-Dash? Way slower than second one

After a reboot, first searching at Unity Dash will be slower (15 sec) than the second search (seems instant), on my system at least. I guess this is because file index is cleared after a reboot and ...
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gnome-control-center can't be accessed by Unity search, sound devices not recognized

I don't know what happened, but after a recent update I can no longer find System Settings via Unity's search button on the dash; I have to manually open it from the command line. My system no longer ...
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Incremental history searching

I found this very useful tip in UsingTheTerminal to use the arrow keys to search through the command history: "\e[A": history-search-backward "\e[B": history-search-forward "\e[C": forward-char ...
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How do I disable Unity Dash search features like wiki and other websites?

On my system this not needed and affecting performance. I'd like unity-dash to search only for programs and documents by default. How can I achieve that?
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Photo search app, Ubuntu 14.04

I need an app that searches for a photo in a given directory based on similarity. I found a lot of applications that find duplicate photos but i need to do a couple of hundred searches like these ...
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Ebook managing tool [closed]

I'm searching for ebook managing tool that make possible to search text in all ebooks in specified directory. It would be nice if this tool will have GUI. Something like Banshee for mp3 files.
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awk search help [closed]

I need help with a simple awk script for matching letters on a lines. For example, Finding separate matches for KJ in one field and finding matches for KP in the next? Name VT Kip ...
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Change the Unity launcher search provider

If I enter a term that gives no hits in Applications etc. I will automatically redirected to the Yahoo search page. How can I change the search provider there? I found out, that the content-search ...
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In Ubuntu SDK, how do you search for text which include linebreaks?

If you ctrl+f in Ubuntu SDK to browse through your code, and you paste within the search box a multi-line piece of text, it will fail to find any results. Is there a way to get around this ...
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Terminal - Search entire directory for keyword

I am working on a Ruby on Rails project so I have to manage multiple files. I think I made a syntax mistake somewhere but I'm not sure well. It would be awesome if I could search for a keyword through ...
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Is there a dash like feature in lubuntu, so I can easily search everything? [duplicate]

Is there a dash like program in lubuntu that can be launched either by single or double Super tap. I would want to search, and be able to see a lit of all my apps, preferably in icon form, like the ...
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Ubuntu search does not find .htaccess

I have a folder which has sub folders where some of them contain .htaccess files. But if I use the search tool I do not find any of these files. Also using in terminal: find ~/web '.htaccess' ...
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How can I stop YaCy from starting when my machine starts?

I have installed the YaCy P2P search engine following these instructions (adding the YaCy repo to my sources and installing from there): http://www.yacy-websuche.de/wiki/index.php/En:DebianInstall ...
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Search for odt files without indexing

I am looking for: a way to search inside odt files (i.e. search for contents, not name) that does not require any kind of indexing that is graphical and very user-friendly (for a relatively old ...
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Is there a browser based front end for searching files on my server?

Searching on local clients over SMB is crazy slow and the users in the office will struggle with locate | grep. Is there a frontend I can run in the browser for my users to find files? I've had Sphinx ...
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Grep, no value return

I am searching for a word, in this case "hehe" that is located in the file findTest by using grep, but when i initiate the search: grep -r "hehe" or grep -lr "hehe" it starts but after 5 min ...
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forward slash to search in evince removed with upgrade to 14.04

It used to be the case (pre 14.04) that one could search a PDF with the forward slash, then cycle through the results with F3. Seemingly now that has been removed - I can only manage to search with ...
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All Applications Disappear in the Dash

After installing the latest update, all my applications disappear in the dash? It always show me : Sorry, there is noting that matches yours search. Why? How to fix it? Thank you for your help.
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How to search in dash files that aren't in default places

I have some custom folders in /home, and I would like them to be included in file search with the dash. Subfolders, however, show up. There are some answers in askubuntu regarding some close related ...
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Where should I put compiled binaries so that the would become searchable?

I'm compiling software from source. This software project doesn't come with an installer, so I just put the binary in /usr/local/bin, then I can start it from the terminal with a command software ...
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how to find a word in text files from a directory [duplicate]

Suppose that I have a directory with name _file and includes two sub directory like _1 and _2 and on each one I have some text files. I want to search a word like foo in one of these text files. How I ...
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Can't add firefox search engines (ubuntu 14.04 & firefox 28)

From the firefox search engine page (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?atype=4), I get the following error alert message when I click "+ Add to firefox": Sorry, you need a ...
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Search Mounted Drives From Dash

I've a number of partitions on different drives mounted automatically on startup through /media/myusername/partition however when I search in the dash none of them appear in the results. Is there ...
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Zeitgeist search from command line

I have a folder with a few hundred pdf files. In the past months I opened quite a few of them and would like to know which I actually opened. I know there is Zeitgeist which logs file activity but ...
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New to ubuntu, experiencing problems

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 TLS. While I took my time and read a lot of stuff to familiarize myself, there are still some problems that are continuing to puzzle me. I installed ubuntu on a ...
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How can I disable quick search in unity file explorer?

When I'm exploring files and folders, and type some character, I would like, instead of open a search, to jump over the file or folder containing the name of the pressed key. Sorry about my poor ...
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Searching for file contents on whole disk

I am trying to find my old IP address in config files in order to replace it by my new IP address. I found one answer that proposes the command sudo grep -HrnF '1.2.3.4' / to find those IP ...