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    searching whole computer multi OS

    Is there a way to do a search on a computer with multi OSs and hard drives. I usually search each OS one by one, which can be time consuming. Is there a way to do a search from Dash or nautilus on one OS, and have it also search the other OSs[mounted]. I am using this search for files, documents, etc. Thank you. Colin.

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    Yeah if you mount the other partitions, you can search in Nautilus. If you want to search in dash, after mounting run
    sudo updatedb

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    Hi, did a quick search for "guide to kde" that is in 13.04 32b partition from 13.04 64b partition. Did not work, 13.04 is mounted and did the sudo updatedb first. Dash only show the partition for 13.04 32b, which I would have to search in . Dash did show quite a few other things[not right one] also. 13.04 32b was near the end of the list.

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    Ok, I just tested with my multiboot set up. When the other partition is mounted the first time you can search for files in Nautilus only if you navigate to that partition (in my case it would be fedora_home, from there Nautilus does recursive search so it can locate any file in that partition) but once you have open the file you can search for it in the dash next time when the partition is mounted.

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    Off-topic but the bad news is that 13.04 is no longer supported, as of yesterday. Might be time upgrade ...

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    You're not actually searching the "OSs"; instead, you're searching the filesystems. So basically, you're mounting each of the "drives" (which are really partitions) and searching the portion of the filesystem contained in each "drive".
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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    It was a long shot anyway, it is just that I keep forgetting which OS I have the stuff on. It would be nice to search for something and have the computer tell me where I have it.

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    Re: searching whole computer multi OS

    Coincidentally, I have just now posted something that might help you in that regard. Symlinks.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...913125/post=21

    This way you can have ONE data drive and create symlinks in the /home directories of each install to use the SAME target. No redundant data, no duplication, doesn't matter what OS you're booted into.

    Searching the whole computer a long shot? It is quite do-able, as explained. Create mount points for the various partitions, mount them all with 'sudo mount -a' and start searching.
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; January 28th, 2014 at 07:29 PM.

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