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Fastest way to index an element in a sorted list in python? [on hold]

Python's lists have a function list.index(elem) which, to the best of my knowledge, run in O(n) time. However, if I can guarantee the list to be sorted, is this still the best way to get the index of ...
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What is the difference between locate/whereis/which

What is the basic difference between locate whereis and which command. The basic difference that I observed is that locate locates all the related file names in the entire filesystem, whereas ...
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Finding files on a connected server in a nautilus window so can copy them

i connect to a server and see the files. Its in a smb: and comes up in my home/.gvfs/video files on blah blah. If i do a search it starts at root and seeks all but the files on the network drive. So ...
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Add search engine to web browser in Ubuntu Touch

In Ubuntu Touch's web browser, I'd like to use a search engine that is not listed in the choice in settings section. Is there a way to add it?
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Does Nautilus exclude any items from its search results?

When I searched for a file called 60-evdev.hwdb using Nautilus for instance, although it took about half an hour, in the end it returned to say that it couldn't find such a file on my machine. ...
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Can't find installed programs

I'm trying to install a VPN client (selected correct .DEB package etc) I run using sudo dpkg -i example.deb and it goes through fine and it says it's installed. Now when searching for the program (...
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Synapse Application search bar indicator?

I would like to synapse search bar indicator on ubuntu 16.04. I am using the following command, but its not working: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ...
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Bash reverse-i-search wrong prompt output

After modifying my .bashrc to add color to prompt, reverse-i-search output formatting is messed up. Typing CTRL+R to start a new search, prompt output is OK: After pressing right arrow to modify ...
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Is there a way to search for files with the whisker menu?

I've found a command that enables web searches through the whisker menu, but is there a way to search for files with it?
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3rd party software not shown in search on Ubuntu 16.04

It is easy to install software from Ubuntu and 3rd party sources on Ubuntu 14.04. Just use Win or Win+A key to search for installed software. If the software is not installed a button is provided for ...
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How to search for files in Terminal using indexed list?

If I want to search for files in Terminal, I tend to either use something like tree --prune -P <searchTerm>, but this can take a long time with a big directory so when it's too big I tend to ...
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How to search for strings in mupdf?

I am using mupdf in my ubuntu 14.04 system. I like this pdf reader because its fast, light weight and doesn't clog my memory and CPU. But it becomes some times hard to use because of the lack of some ...
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Is the “Ubuntu Spyware” thing still relevant? [closed]

I stumbled across some articles from 2012 lambasting Ubuntu for adding in a new feature that adds online searches to desktop searches. In doing some due diligence, I see that all the news and uproar ...
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Disable file search in KDE Kickoff Launcher

When I open Kickoff, there is the option to type-to-search for programs. However, the search results also list any files on the computer and also Firefox bookmarks. I already succeeded to turn off ...
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Unity search doesn't find all files (16.04 LTS)

Why does Dash fail in finding files sometimes? I'm getting annoyed by this. First it was freshly installed apps, now it literally does not allocate the file next to the one it finds. If you look at ...
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How to make the Search in Ubuntu also search other partitions

On my computer running Ubuntu 14.04, I have a NTFS partition containing documents, etc., from when I was using Windows. However, when I search for files using the button at the top left corner of the ...
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Slow dash search in Unity [duplicate]

How can i speed up "Search your computer" From the menu bar I click on keyboard (Windows Button) then start write what i am looking for. It seems when I first reboot my laptop and search for '...
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Ubuntu mv pwd command

I tried to move a file from one directory to another using this command in the terminal: mv ~/file.txt pwd In that moment i was in non-system hard drive. Later i wasn't able to find my file in that ...
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Check whether I have a certain ppa

How do I check whether I already have a certain ppa in my list? How do I search through my list of ppas?
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How does one disable the right swipe touchpad gesture in Ubuntu 15.10?

I'm sick of having the "search your computer" window pop up every time I swipe the right part of my touchpad on my keyboard. Is there a way to disable that function?
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Kubuntu 16.04 Discover search bug - Answer! [closed]

Because of requiring reputation, I post the answer of this question. To be able to see search results in Discover, open Konsole and type "sudo apt-get install muon". When finish installing, search ...
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Unable to view search results in the Activities Overview for locations I have previously disabled but now re-enabled in the settings

I just went into Settings > Search > Search Locations, disabled the search results for my home directory and then re-enabled them with the little slider next to the item. However even after re-...
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dolphin “Find ” not working

how do you get "find" to search for anything. when i type anything it says that it found nothing. I've tried kde-baseapps, systemsettings , and kfind. im using ubuntu 16.04 and the version of ...
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Using Grep to get specific entries and ignore others

is there a way to use grep to ignore lines with 141.8. .. contained in them BUT get lines that have GET? Right now I have this but I must be doing something wrong sudo grep -v '^141.8.83.213' &&...
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How to find a specific text in files with specific extension?

Let's say I'm searching for all files with .log extension that contain the text of abc. When searching for files with any extension would look like (Ref.: http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/16140/38353 )...
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list all files by size [duplicate]

I'm currently running some Disk Management and trying to locate where some rather large files are located. Is it possible to list all files on a hard drive, (including system files, and hidden files) ...
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searching a file [duplicate]

I want to find in the system a file, and I know part name of it. How could I do that? I tried unsuccessfully the command: find / "*partname*" The problem is probably very easy however I cannot find ...
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Is there a good way to tag files and directories?

I have files and directories stored in multiple ways, some at my home directory, some in Dropbox and some in TrueCrypt volume files. I would like to be able to add tags to files and directories such ...
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Search files in awesomewm

I have tried every phrase on google but couldn't find any relevant result. I want to search files/folders in awesome windows manager like unity or gnome. Is such feature provided or can be added in ...
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Explicit pictures show when searching “gedit” in Ubuntu Dash

Recently at work I searched the Unity Dash for gedit and there were explicit pictures in the search result. The picture shows in "Reference" field when I search "gedit" only.. It was very ...
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troubleshooting updatedb

I am taking a course that makes me go on terminal and run updatedb. but this is what I get: nonrootuser$ updatedb updatedb: can not open a temporary file for `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db' so far I ...
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search operators? [closed]

I have a bunch of old game ROM's I need to search through. The data I need is contained in brackets []. so for example I might be searching for [b(with a number after)] or [a(with a number after)]. I ...
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Searching previous command history with PageUp in 14.04

I got this working before (I believe it was on a 15.10, I recently downgraded to the LTS 14.04). According to this post the following should work ~ $ cat ~/.inputrc "\e[A":history-search-backward "\...
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Find file based on content of entire file, not per line

Can I search for files with a rexexp that is matched against the entire file? Let's say that I have these files: //file1 foo bar //file2 bar foo I want to find files that end with "foo". If I use ...
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Is there an easy way to search the web for images by keyword then download a specified number of the original full size images in Ubuntu 14.04?

I'm looking for a simple way to search the internet for images of, say, 'desert landscape' or 'statue of liberty' or something and then download the first n results in the original resolutions as ...
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Gnome activities search for open application

Somehow I managed to alter my Gnome activities to always open an application in a new window by default - how can I set it back to always prefer currently open applications? So, e.g., when Nautilus is ...
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Search your computer and online sources. Always empty. Why?

How can I access social network messages, updates in unity dash? Which scope/lens are the latest, stable and available?
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How to search for all the man files that contain certain keyword?

I want to learn how to search for a file by giving the content within it as a parameter. I can then apply the solution to search for commands contributed by Richard Stallman (through man pages).
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How to stop a file or folder from being indexed in GNOME?

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with GNOME 3.18, and I would like to know if I can do any of the following and if so how: Make it so that a folder is not indexed but leave its contents indexable (so ...
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How to find all empty files and folders in a specific directory including files which just look empty but are not?

Let's say that in my folder ~/list I have a large amount of folders each with their own sub-folders and sub-sub-folders etc, and there are lots of files almost on each level. However some of these ...
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Is there any gui to make a global (system and devices) search in Ubuntu?

I've searched for this topic but it seems that I'm the only one with this problem. The search for files default app allows to search only in a specific place. I would like to search, let's say, for a ...
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Is there a file manager with file search that doesn't break xubuntu desktop

I am looking of a file manager for Xubuntu that would: (1) Be file search capable. The default combination Thunar+Catfish is can only search files, but cannot manipulate those. Catfish fails to shift+...
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How do I find all custom-created symbolic links in the entire system?

I've created several symbolic links in different places. I can't really recall where each one of them is in the system and I've already removed programs they are associated with. Is there a script / ...
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My quest to find the fastest search app for linux

I miss "everything search" and " listary " of Windows - they are super quick to find and launch. Time for them to index my whole harddisk is 0.2 seconds[i guess they use the ntfs journal database]. ...
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Unity Dash not showing applications after waking from suspend?

I need to remove the cache in the software center and reset unity every time. Is there any other permanent solution for this? I am using Ubuntu 14.04
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search using regular expression with alternation

I'd like to search files containing G Bush, J Bush, B Bush, or H Bush The following command can achieve the goal: grep -rnE "G Bush|J Bush|B Bush|H Bush" Can we do something like grep -rnE "{G|J|...
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How to search .tex files?

I want to search methyldopa in .tex files by the Ubuntu search. I just included the files in my Dropbox folder which may be confusing Ubuntu's search tool. However, I see those files in Recent files ...
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How to count the total number of files/folders on a system?

How can I count the number of all files/folders that exist on a system, using the command-line? I can find it out using a GUI, simply by opening the properties window for the entire / folder, but it ...
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Ubuntu find and replace in files of current directory recursively

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 and Magento website in my Local System. Now I have a module directory in which I want to replace every occurrence of "Magento\Module" with "MyCompany\Module" in all files ...
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How to search String with “\” character and to Replace it

I am Stuck into an issue regarding searching and replacing a directory path included in my thousands of file, what I want, to search those directory path in files and to replace it with new directory ...