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Larsson: Seek and Ye Shall Find

Dec 08, 2005, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Larsson)

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"The last two weeks I have been working on the nautilus-search (and now nautilus-search2) branch of Nautilus. The initial code in this branch was written by andersca and was later maintained by joe. It had a pluggable search interface with a beagle implementation that let you easily search for files from Nautilus. Places->Search in the menu would give you a text entry in the toolbar, and when you typed text there the matches was shown in the normal directory view. Here is how it looked:

"While pretty cool and useful, this really isn't state of the art compared to e.g. MacOS X or MS Vista. For one, it doesn't support what Apple calls 'Smart Folders' and MS 'Virtual Folders,' nor does it allow you to specify the search other than with text. Furthermore, the search acts as a special type of folder, but I didn't like the fact that it's not obvious that this is not a 'normal' folder..."

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