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Searching text from a list in another file

Is there a grep-like program for Ubuntu that can search a text file, or batch of text files in a folder, for any occurances of words in another text file or a list like a csv file or an ods file or ...
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Go back button acts as Go up in Dolphin

When I search for a file or folder in Dolphin then click a file or folder and want to go back, clicking the < button, it does not go back to the search results. It goes up ( like this ^ button ...
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Show Chrome Bookmarks and History in Ubuntu System search

I want Ubuntu system search and find results in my Chrome Bookmarks and History in order to quickly navigate to them. At the end I want to press super key, start typing the title of my chrome bookmark ...
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How to find searchable PDFs

I have a folder with many PDFs. Some are no doubt searchable. Can I search for and identify only those which are searchable? Adobe gives an error message if a PDF is an image, asking if you want to ...
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How to find mentions of a string in all directory files? [duplicate]

I will describe my task: I have a lot of directories with a lot of perl-files. I need to find all files that mention the string "license.key". What ways can this be implemented?
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How do I search for a certain folder located inside the root directory?

I'm specifically looking for the command equivalent of sudo find / -name filename for searching folders instead of files in the terminal. Suggestions with a better set of commands for achieving the ...
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How to edit the aliases with which a program in Ubuntu is associated (and therefore will be returned in the search menu)

Pardon for for not having the correct terminology yet. When I press the Meta button, Ubuntu lets me search for programs. When I, e.g., search for 'sound' it shows me a list of settings, programs, etc. ...
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why does it say : ''Failed to search : data not available'' when i try to search for a movie in 'videos'?

here is a preview of what is happening: As you see i have searched for 'venom'. but it's not working. and to show you that the movie trailer is in fact available on 'apple movie trailers' in 'videos' ...
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applications search of calendar events doesn't show any

ubuntu 20.04 lts provides generous search by applications button (gnome) of settings, files, contacts, etc. and even though selection and sorting by system settings search item. Having selected the ...
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How do i add the newly installed file manager (Nemo) in the 'activities overview' search results?

Distressed Ubuntu 21.10 user here. I recently purged Nautilus and installed Nemo as my default file manager. I previously had Nautilus added in the activities-overview search-results (under - settings&...
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Super Key (Windows Key) Application Search does not show Application

When I press the superkey and search for vs code it doesn't show, although it is in my system. This has happened to me with all my applications:
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How to add custom app tasks in ubuntu activities search ? What is the specific term for that search bar?

I have attached a screenshot as an example. I want to create my custom search option that executes specific scripts.
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Segmentation fault (core dumped) / File Manager Search Bar

OS: Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS 64 bits Gnome Version: 3.36.8 Kernel Version: 5.11.0-40-generic When I type something on file manager, the window simply crash. I opened the file manager via command line with ...
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What is the name of the gnome app that searches for applications when I hit the windows/super key? It crashed, I would like to restart it

There seems to be an annoying bug on my installation of Ubuntu 21.10: the very convenient tool that searches for applications when you press the windows/super key seems to crash quite often. It will ...
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Is there a file browser that would enable the user to switch easily between views of just video files or just image files of a directory?

Let's say I have a directory at which there are all sorts of video and image files. There are MP4, AVI, MOV etc. files and there are PNG, JPG, GIF etc. files all mixed together. Is there a browser ...
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Search function annoyance wth Nemo

Running Ubuntu 20 with Nemo Files 4.4. When I search a folder I get around 3 or 4 characters in and another search function comes on that copies what I have typed and starts searching the whole ...
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Disable file search in Gnome Shell 40.5

is possible to disable file search in Gnome Shell search as you can see on screenshot? I want only search for applications.
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How to search a certain folder or disk and only get the results for that folder or disk

I searched a disk for a certain file name and I got the results for the whole pc. I made sure the file manager window was inside the disk (CANON_DC) like this and searched ike. The file manager ...
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How to search block device for text?

Strangely to me google had not returned any relevant (IMO) links in top results. I want to edit iso9660. Here How is it easier to make a persistent live drive with Ubuntu 19.10? I've read sed 's/quiet ...
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(index then) Search within 'Lyrics' tag of ID3 in MP3s?

I recently found MediaHuman's Lyrics Finder which searches and appends lyrics to the Lyrics tag in an MP3's ID3. It's great. However, the point of me doing this was so that I could then (index and) ...
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Problem opening Catfish: 'get_geometry'?

I'm running Ubuntu 21.04. I've been using the Catfish search tool successfully for a while on 20.04 but since I updated to 21.04 it fails to open. (I've tried reinstalling it a few times, no different)...
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Nautilus search-as-you-type layout (language) independent

It is very handy to have a search-as-you-type be automatically adopted to any keyboard layout available on the computer. So you do not have to switch between the languages when you are surfing your ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 - Index content of PDF, DOCX etc. for search

Would be handy if I could easily search the content of my documents such as PDF and DOC files. Preferably the files should be indexed to search faster. So far I tried Recoll from the Snap store. ...
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Why is uLauncher's file-search extension so slow?

Since a few years I am a bit annoyed by the fact that ulauncher's extension for file and directory search is so slow. Even when setting home as Base dir and searching for a file just below home it ...
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Open a specific directory using Ulauncher

I use Ulauncher in order to open apps from my keyboard. I have set correctly the Ulauncher for IntelliJ & AndroidStudio as you can see in the picture below. The point is that I would like to add a ...
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on pressing super key I have to manually select the search box, earlier it would automatically get selected. How do i get back to previous setting?

First I was able to press super key and just start typing to search applications but now i have select the "type to search" box first and then start typing to search for applications. how do ...
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Is it possible to drag and drop from a search box in Catfish?

I have many terabytes of data to sort and am using Catfish with Thunar 1.6 using Xfce 4.12 in Ubuntu 18.04. I can find everything I'm looking for with no problem, however some files are 10 sub-...
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Ubuntu Software search provider doesn't show in app menu

I learnt that it is possible to search applications directly from the Software centers of Linux distributions, like showed here It worked on my side with the classic Gnome Software center (the blue ...
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Ubuntu GUI Software Center (Snap store) very slow when searching

My Ubuntu Software center (Snap Store) is very slow when searching software, even when the software is not available. I using it logged in and tried several mirrors (local, USA, Europe) and the ...
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How do I search for a specific installed app using `apt list --installed`?

apt list --installed The above command will list all installed apps which is usually more than 100 but I need to see all apps that start with a specific word Example: I have installed more than 2 ...
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When Dolphin lists the results of a search, how can you display the full path of a result?

I'm running Kubuntu 20.04. When Dolphin lists the results of a search, how can I find the full path to one of the results?
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Icons are stretched after upgrade to 20.04

I upgraded to 20.04 earlier. One problem I couldn't find information about is that when large icons are used (Application and search), the icons are stretched - they appear too tall and overlap with ...
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Ubuntu software searching very slow ubuntu 21.04

I don't know why but every time I search for something in ubuntu software it takes forever to load but note its not my wifi fault I have a very fast 100mbp wifi connection and my laptop is not that ...
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Enabling recursive subfolder search when opening files in applications on Ubuntu 20.04

I've just installed Ubuntu 20.04 and Sublime Text on a Lenovo T530 for php development. I was previously using Ubuntu 18.04 with Sublime to work on our codebase which has several sub-directories. My ...
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Gnome Files crashes when searching files Ubuntu 20.04

I have the following problem: When I want to do a search, via the Files application on Gnome, my window crashes without any error message (approx. 1 second after I type my first letter in the search ...
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Include Activities Search on GNOME to include files

I am currently running Pop_OS 21 but with the cosmic desktop disabled, so using generic GNOME desktop. When pressing the Super key, I have access to a search bar where I can find applications. I was ...
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Is there a way to specify beginning of line in a Pluma Search?

Here is my description of the current system: Pluma 1.24.0 Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS MATE 1.24.0 I was trying to replace spaces with tabs, but only at the beginning of a line. I could find spaces, and ...
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Which desktop environment will let me jump to the next file with the same first letter in filename, when I press a key few times with delay [duplicate]

I am pretty annoyed with this on Gnome that when you hit a key few times you end up typing a word in the search bar instead of jumping to the next search result. Are there some other DE that do it ...
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Can't search files using the Super key

I recently did a fresh install and added my old folders to the new /home folder. The problem is that I cannot use the super key anymore to find specific files. But I can use the nautilis folder to ...
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Search taking priority over naming file when saving in Nautilus

I'm using nautilus version 3.36.3 and I have an annoying problem when saving files: despite the name of the new file being highlighted in the name box, typing with my keyboard by default starts ...
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Quick folder access on Ubuntu - go to the folder without making a search [duplicate]

So there's something that's bugging me on Ubuntu, never figured out how to fix it. On Windows 10, if I have multiple files in a folder and I type the first letters, it just automatically selects the ...
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Is there a way to search the text contents of windows?

Is there a way to search the contents of the current window (like Ctrl+F in a web browser)? I reckon it should be doable, since we also have screenreaders that can access the text content ofwindows, ...
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Open apps ubuntu

I used Ubuntu in a day now and I have a question. How do you open apps through writing in the upper left corner? I watched a YouTuber open an app, the thing that I saw was a text in the upper left ...
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Best Ubuntu File Search Software?

I have 97,000 files 140gb (.epub books) in one folder, on a usb 3.1 external SSD, sometimes I can't even open this folder in ubuntu, just this folder, all other stuff store there opens and works fine. ...
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20.04 - Is there a way to add Google Search Bar to Desktop?

I have checked the old questions but they were really old and solutions as "screenlets" doesn't work anymore. How can I have a simple google search box on status bar or on desktop as we have ...
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How do you get kate to show the path to each file it finds?

When using kate to search for a file or a folder, how do you get it to show the path to each item it finds?
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How to find the directories with or condition

I want to find the directories with java* or JDK* . Starting from root directory it needs to search from all directories.
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How to search for files with Krunner?

I was expecting krunner (and maybe the other Launchers like Application Launcher, Application Menu, Application Dashboard) to find files the way Synapse does or even Whisker menu. For some time these ...
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How to make krunner and other launchers show links, not only files

When I enter the name of a file located in ~/ in one of the default folders it is immediately found. But links to other files and folders are not. In order to easily access some files and folders with ...
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How to search in Linux from the terminal, on an external HDD, for photos, by name

OS: Lubuntu. Can someone please, help, which is the command from the terminal(cmd) to search on all the external HDD, on all its folders and sub-folders. I would like to search for all the photos ...
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