View Full Version : [ubuntu] 10.04: Best search tool?

July 2nd, 2010, 11:12 PM
What's the best file search tool/app for Ubuntu 10.04?

The reason I ask: In Ubuntu10.04, I used the "Search for Files" tool to search for docs containing a particular keyword, which I specified in the Search tool's "Contains the text" box.

Although this keyword appears in several .doc files created in OpenOfficeWriter, the search tool didn't find these .doc files.

After confirming these .doc files do exist in /home, which is the folder I specified to search, I checked the Help.

In section 3.2. "To Add Search Options", Help says that for the option "Contains the text"--it searches "for files of type plain text that contain the specified text."

Do I understand this correctly? This "Search for Files" tool is no good for say, .doc or .rtf files, or other files not in plain text format? Seems a serious limitation.

What's a good search tool that will find keywords in all files regardless of format? Just a basic search tool, comparable to whatever was in WinXP's File Manager or something like that. I really need to trust that search results are showing all the files that meet the search criteria.

Thanks for suggestions--

July 2nd, 2010, 11:43 PM
Nepomuk and Strigi ;) Check omgubuntu.co.uk I believe they have a PPA for a really good search program for Ubuntu on there.

July 2nd, 2010, 11:49 PM
I use the command line tools, grep, find, etc ...

grep "foo" -R ~/*

July 3rd, 2010, 12:07 AM
Thx for replies--what about Tracker? I've read complaints that Tracker uses too many system resources and slows performance, but most of those comments are a few yrs old. Maybe Tracker has improved? Interested in user's experiences before I install and try it--

July 3rd, 2010, 12:31 AM
Google Desktop might suit your needs. http://desktop.google.com/linux/

July 3rd, 2010, 01:39 AM
I think that for command line, the only one I can easily use is locate.
For a GUI, its catfish.

July 3rd, 2010, 02:02 AM
Google Desktop might suit your needs. http://desktop.google.com/linux/

While I'm sure it's a good tool, I trust Google even less than I trust Microsoft.

July 3rd, 2010, 12:27 PM

those are all great search tools for the command line.

for example type

locate kernel | grep -n 2.6.32


whereis gnome-terminal
would result in= /usr/bin/gnome-terminal