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Cant search in software manager locks up, help with posting

Postby kd7ura on Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:36 pm

im posting here because the mint tools and bugs section dont have the new topic buttons.
i start software mngr LM Cinnamon 14 /64 can click buttons and move through lists, add software, but if i try to search in the search window at top it locks up.
had same problem with 32 bit eddition.
after closing prog i get message software manager not responding. i force quit, then it goes away.
on 32 bit eddition doing same afterfew minuts try to run synaptic Package manager wont run as software manager is still running?
reboot?
any ideas, ive rebooted enough to make windows look good again :D
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Re: Cant search in software manager locks up, help with post

Postby xenopeek on Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:26 pm

Not really a bug, though it is known that if you are using Software Manager on a slow computer, or if you don't type so fast, or if you are searching for very short keywords (like two letters), that the Software Manager may appear to freeze. It actually isn't frozen, it's just searching very hard for you for whatever you wanted it to search for--and while searching it doesn't update its window so that looks like it is frozen.

In its Edit > Preferences menu you can disable "Search while typing". If the problem was that it started searching while you had just typed one or two letters, then disabling that should be an improvement. Now you press enter key after typing what you want to search for and, assuming it is not a very short keyword, search should go much better.
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Re: Cant search in software manager locks up, help with post

Postby kd7ura on Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:38 am

that got it, thanks for the help!! :D
i didnt think my computor was slow?
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Re: Cant search in software manager locks up, help with post

Postby xenopeek on Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:37 pm

It's just the way it does the search; if for example it already starts searching on your first key pressed, it will try to find all the matches for that one letter in all the description text of all 60.000+ packages. Those aren't indexed, so it's a CPU intensive action and might take some many seconds to complete. While that is happening, it doesn't update the window so it looks frozen.
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