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How can I change the desktop search sort order?

Recently switched to 24.04 and whenever I search for things, it often shows the Emoji/Character picker at the top, like here when I search for "sound" to go to the sound settings, which is ...
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Pause Nautilus search and freeze results when satisfied, without clearing them

Context I am searching a certain file by name through many folders, but often I can catch the right result at a glance at the Location column. There, I want to open location for that result, except ...
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Resource usage summary by user

Backstory: I have VPS server running Ubuntu 20.04. For each different "service" I'm running, there is a user which has all necessary processes running in screens. To occasionally monitor ...
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unable to set alias for search engine in Firefox

Firefox v 125.2 (beta ) Ubuntu 24.4 In Chrome browser, we can add search alias or sortcut and use it but not able to find similar feature in Firefox in Ubuntu. someone suggest how to ad the alias ...
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apt-cache search not showing expected result

I tried to do apt-cache search skype But it shows me this as a result: libopuso - opus codec runtime library So what does that mean?
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Download directly to starred folders?

I would like to download files from Firefox directly to folders that are starred. Currently it opens up a window that doesn't have that option, and also doesn't allow for single click opening like in ...
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Reverse search fails when commands are present in bash_history

Ubuntu 22.04, from terminal I type ctrl+r and mosquitto_sub it finds mosquitto_sub --help and nothing else. But: # cat .bash_history | grep mosquitto_sub mosquitto_sub --help mosquitto_sub -t foo1/# -...
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Why apt is not finding already installed package? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu 22.04.3: paul@box4x4:~$ apt search libstdc++ | grep installed WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts. libstdc++-11-dev/jammy-updates,jammy-security,...
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Can I tell search to check my Dropbox folder?

Currently, the Meta key (for me it's the "Windows" key) toggles a screen that shows all my open windows and a search box. That search box will find directories deeply nested in in /home/...
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Ubuntu 22.04, Gnome search stopped showing Bluetooth, Keyboard, Settings etc

Suddently gnome search started missing lot of apps. When searching bluetooth, it shows some list of font files. SImilary it doesn't show settings, keyboard etc. Please help how to bring those in ...
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How can I search based on file contents? (GUI, not terminal)

Every question and answer I've seen so far is ancient or just about grep in the terminal. I want an easy way to search my ~/code folder for certain strings. And I want the interface to allow filtering ...
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How can one search Gnome-Calendar notes?

I am running Gnome Calendar 41.2 in my Ubuntu 22.04. Sometime in the last 2 years I made a note under one of my calendar entries that I am looking for. I know the name I am looking for but do not know ...
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Hard disks cataloguer needed

22.04. I would like to achieve something like I use in my Mac: Neofinder is a program that builds a database with all the directories and files (and some of their properties) of any hard disk I ask to ...
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What program is suitable for making scanned PDF files searchable?

I would like to be able to scan paper documents to PDF files and make the text searchable. I believe the Tesseract program can assist this, but don't know how to begin, and don't know what would be ...
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Gnome: Customize application search to see background wallpaper

On ubuntu 20, when I was doing a application seach (shortcut: super key), I could see my wallpaper in the background On ubuntu 22, I don't see it anymore. How can I customize gnome to see my wallpaper ...
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Search spreadsheets for strings in formulae

I have just discovered that my favourite full text indexing program Recoll, does not index the contents of formulae in spreadsheet cells. It does index cells containing just a number or text, and it ...
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Brightness control keys don't work on Ubuntu 20.04

Pressing brightness increase button opens the search bar which used to open after pressing ctrl+F in Ubuntu 20.04. Brightness decrease key does not work. I am controlling brightness from the settings. ...
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Search in file explorer got stuck in Ubuntu 22.10

I upgraded to Ubuntu 22.10 a few days ago from 22.04. In 22.10, I have encountered few errors. The most prominent one is error in file or directory search in the default Ubuntu Files app. Every time I ...
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awk or sed command to replace line break plus text containing spaces

An answer to another question suggests sed -i 's/original/replacement/g' file.txt to replace specific words in a text file. My starting situation looks like this: Item: PRF Type: File ...
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How to let mac computers search for files on my ubuntu server

I have a ubuntu server 22.04 setup and it is sharing files using samba. the mac computer can connect to it and use the files just fine. My problem comes in when i try and search for a file or folder ...
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apt-cache search : command not found

I am using an Amazon EC2 instance with Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS installed. I am getting "command not found" whenever I try to use "apt-cache search", both with and without "sudo &...
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Search the internet from desktop using the super (windows) key?

enter image description here On Windows, you press the key and the search functionality will search the computer as well as the internet (albeit with bing and edge). How do I get that here? At the ...
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Ubuntu 22.04 GNOME Search Not Working Correctly

I am pretty new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. About a week ago I installed a theme for Ubuntu (WhiteSur if it matters). After I installed the theme, there is a bug with my GNOME search bar (when you ...
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How often is baloo indexing files by default?

In Kubuntu 22.04 file search works pretty well. As I have a lot of documents that I often move around - re-arranging my folders - the file indexer has to re-index them for me to be able to open them ...
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Where can I find logs of all media files played/accessed by a user?

I have a bit of a conundrum. Yesterday I was organizing some home video archives, and I accidentally moved a file into the wrong folder of about 3000 other clips, before copying said folder onto a new ...
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Windows Search Box on XFCE

I am trying to replicate Windows on Ubuntu Focal. I cannot find any equivalents for a XFCE panel plugin. I am trying to look as close as this: and .
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What is the "apt" equivalent of the zypper search command? Im trying to search for a specific pkg without having to scroll through every pkg

So before when I was using openSUSE, the one thing I liked about zypper was the simple zypper search [keyword] command that made it so easy to find a installed app. But for apt, I have yet to find one ...
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Search missing from Activities in Ubuntu 22

I've upgraded from Ubuntu 20 --> Ubuntu 22. When pressing the super key (which goes to the activities window), I have lost the ability to use search. Usually I would start typing and search would ...
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I am looking for a text editor allowing to save and edit a list of search and replace expressions (search in multiple files, a plus)

I am looking for a text editor for linux (I am using Ubuntu) that is able to save, let me edit and choose among a list of search and replace list. I have looked around and cannot find what I am ...
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grep fails to find text in docx file

I cannot find the reason why grep cannot find the file with the word 'coomunities'. I used grep -ril --include=GLOB "coomunities" . Note: communities is on purpose mispelled. The file is a ...
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Finding a custom $PATH executable in the activities overview

I start most applications by opening the "activities overview" with the super key, typing the (start of the) name and hitting enter once the first search result is the correct app. This ...
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Grep file for one target (+ next 3 lines) OR another target (just that line)

I want to search a file for two target strings. For the first target I wish to return that line and the 3 lines following it. For the second target string I want to return just the line containing the ...
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What's the difference between `apt search <package-name>` and `apt-cache search <package-name>`?

When searching for packages in the apt repository we can use apt search <package-name> and apt-cache search <package-name> inside the terminal and we get a list of package names matching &...
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How to add keyword search shortcuts with Firefox?

How are "word" or similar shortcuts assigned to search engines in Firefox to search specific search engines? Concretely, it's entirely possible to use @wikipedia to search Wikipedia from the ...
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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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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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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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