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Thread: Searching files, folders or documents in Ubuntu 12.04?

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    Angry Searching files, folders or documents in Ubuntu 12.04?

    I can not find that module or program more.
    It was in Places - Search

    Where is it now?
    Any alternate program I can use to search documents and folders (any one)?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by BSG Fan; May 15th, 2013 at 09:56 PM. Reason: Solved

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    Re: Searching files, folders or documents in Ubuntu 12.04?

    install locate and mlocate, then in terminal type locate then any word in file name and you get instantaneous results. Can anyone explain why this is so fast and searching from a nautilus window is so slow?
    Last edited by cmcanulty; May 13th, 2013 at 02:50 PM.

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    Re: Searching files, folders or documents in Ubuntu 12.04?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    Can anyone explain why this is so fast and searching from a nautilus window is so slow?
    locate maintains a database of all files on the system that gets regularly updated per cron job. So it doesn't need to walk through all directories each time you make a query. The downside is, because the database usually gets updated once a day, locate will not find just created files or files that changed location since the last update.

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    Re: Searching files, folders or documents in Ubuntu 12.04?

    I just found in the net the answer to my question.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh4UCP84uas

    So I am closing my thread as solved.

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