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    Smile How can I search files in lxde ?

    I have installed lxde on unbuntu for some time. But the default file manager, pcmanfm, seems doesn't have file searching function. Can you tell me how to search files on pcmanfm, or how can I change to some other useful file manager ?

    Thanks

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    I believe Ctrl F is what you are looking for.
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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    No, it doesn't work. It can only search for the file on the current level of directory, and it can't match the file name correctly either =,=

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    I would instead use the find command. Navigate to top level directory needed, then

    find ./ -iname "<search string here>"

    Find filenames containing the string 'dog'

    find ./ -iname "*dog*"

    It searches subdirectories in the process. -iname makes it not case sensitive.

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    If you prefer a GUI tool, catfish is a popular front end for the search and find commands. It's available in the Universe repo.

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    There is now an lxde finder, called LXFind. It wasn't ready to get added to lubuntu before the feature freeze, but you can find it at the lubuntu ppa here. It is simple, light, and fast. Much like Lxde itself. I like it.

    You can also get lxscreenshot too.
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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    PCManFm is probably the lamest file manager in existence, IMHO. It has virtually no search function, as you found out.
    What I did was remove it and install Thunar- just as lightweight and has full search functionality, plus a few other options.
    Or if you prefer to keep PCManFm, install catfish to search with.

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    Smile Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    Thanks you guys

    For your post, can you please tell me how to change pcmanfm to Thunar since I don't know how to operate, Thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by cortman View Post
    PCManFm is probably the lamest file manager in existence, IMHO. It has virtually no search function, as you found out.
    What I did was remove it and install Thunar- just as lightweight and has full search functionality, plus a few other options.
    Or if you prefer to keep PCManFm, install catfish to search with.
    I think adding a search function would be that hard(just recursively loop all the directories and match the pattern, I guess), they should have proposed this function while they were designing it. I think I will install other file manager and try that later if possible. Thanks for your help any way
    Quote Originally Posted by Theredbaron1834 View Post
    There is now an lxde finder, called LXFind. It wasn't ready to get added to lubuntu before the feature freeze, but you can find it at the lubuntu ppa here. It is simple, light, and fast. Much like Lxde itself. I like it.

    You can also get lxscreenshot too.

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    PCManFm is probably the lamest file manager in existence
    I just looked up the information about that author, and now I wonder. He is a doctor in Taiwai, he might did this in part-time. Probably he didn't have time taking care of this project... But thanks for his effort making this anyway

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    Re: How can I search files in lxde ?

    Right; I shouldn't be so harsh, I guess. It's definitely a better file manager than I could write, I'm guessing, but it still leaves me very unsatisfied.
    You can install Thunar by running

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install thunar
    and uninstall PCManFm by running

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    sudo apt-get remove pcmanfm

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