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    Search for files using Lubuntu

    Hi

    I'm running Lubuntu from a live CD on a very old (approx 8 years) system which has a broken install of Win XP on it's hard drive.

    When I navigate to the files on the hard drive using Lubuntu's file manager I'm not seeing the files I'd like to recover.

    I can't see a "search for files or folders" option in Lubuntu. Is there one? Does anyone know how to do this?

    I've pretty much exhausted all the possibilities around clicking pn folders on it's HD.

    cheers

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    Re: Search for files using Lubuntu

    If you don't mind using the command line, try using find.
    For instance, to search for all the files with foo in it on the whole filesystem, then use:
    Code:
    find / -name '*foo*'
    To search for a file named foo.txt in your home directory, use:
    Code:
    find ~/ -name 'foo.txt'
    If you want to check out some other stuff, try:
    Code:
    man find

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    Re: Search for files using Lubuntu

    what about through the GUI

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    Re: Search for files using Lubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by kakashi_12 View Post
    what about through the GUI
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install catfish

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    Re: Search for files using Lubuntu

    I've used Recoll for a long time and really like it. Very powerful and fast searches. It has a GUI but can also be used from the command line. It's in the repositories and seems to work well in Lubuntu 11.10. More info here:

    http://www.lesbonscomptes.com/recoll/

    From the website: "Recoll can index an MS-Word document stored as an attachment to an e-mail message inside a Thunderbird folder archived in a Zip file (and more...). It will also let you open a copy of the file without any fuss. There is little that will remain hidden on your disk "
    Last edited by croque; October 28th, 2011 at 08:14 PM. Reason: Added that it works in Lubuntu

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    Re: Search for files using Lubuntu

    thank you.

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