Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby rdanner3 on Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:37 pm

Pepe233 wrote:Looks great, I too struggle to search mint forum. Too bad I use chrome... Any idea about how to do this there :mrgreen: ?
Will see what I can dig up; I use Chrome by preference over either FF or Opera. Have all three on my box. (Mint 10)

Actually like the idea of feeding Mint money for my searches, both on-site and off.
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby mindhealer on Mon Feb 13, 2012 4:04 pm

Hi, I turned a firefox bookmark into a keyword for searching the forums with the default duckduckgo search engine and it works fine.

For example, this post comes right up searching for its name.
My command: "slmf a better way"
The result page:
http://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=site%3Aforums.linuxmint.com+a%20better%20way

The address within the "slmf" (Search Linux Mint Forums) bookmark is:
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http://duckduckgo.com/?t=lm&q=site%3Aforums.linuxmint.com+%s

I think the "t=lm" is the part that ties the search into the ad-revenue deal.
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby mindhealer on Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:28 pm

What I mentioned in my previous reply works just as well for Chromium; there is a setting for search engines in Preferences, and the one that is default is searched from the address bar, the others are searched if you type the associated keyword.
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way - Not for me

Postby pgmer6809 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:16 pm

None of the suggestions or code in this thread works for me.
I put the mint-forums.src file in both my ~/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins directory and in the /usr/lib/firefox-addons/searchplugins directory along with the gif file.
I tried both flavors of the .src file posted here.
I restarted firefox several times.
At no time did I get anything in the search choices except the usual Duck Duck, yahoo, etc.
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby caribriz on Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:37 am

pgmer6809 wrote:None of the suggestions or code in this thread works for me.
I put the mint-forums.src file in both my ~/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins directory and in the /usr/lib/firefox-addons/searchplugins directory along with the gif file.
I tried both flavors of the .src file posted here.
I restarted firefox several times.
At no time did I get anything in the search choices except the usual Duck Duck, yahoo, etc.
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I couldn't get it to work in LM16 Cinnamon, but this worked for me to get Firefox's search engine drop-down menu to show "Mint forums" in the search box:

In ~/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins folder, create a new folder named searchplugins-backup

Open searchplugins-backup folder - in there, create the file mint-forums.src containing this version:

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<search
    name="Mint Forums"
    method="GET"
    action="http://www.google.com/search"
    queryCharset="utf-8"
    >

    <input name="q" user>
    <input name="sitesearch" value="forums.linuxmint.com">
    </search>


Return to the folder ~/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins
In this folder, place the image mint-forums.gif and create a new document named mint-forums.xml which contains this text:

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<SearchPlugin xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/" xmlns:os="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/">
<os:ShortName>Mint Forums</os:ShortName>
<os:InputEncoding>utf-8</os:InputEncoding>
<os:Image width="16" height="16">data:image/x-icon;base64,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</os:Image>
<os:Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&amp;sitesearch=forums.linuxmint.com">
</os:Url>
</SearchPlugin>


Restart Firefox.

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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby UlotraCronic on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:13 pm

[quote="altair4"]NOTE: I've rewritten this HowTo to reflect the current changes to both Mint and Firefox.

There is something very peculiar about the search function within this forum. I often ---------------------------------SNIP2SAVE--------------------------------

None of these src files work nor the other versions of it below, Firefox 24 persists on using .xml files for this, I splattered this src file in more places then I should have. Linux Mint Petra 16, 64 bit no luck. :(

Woops posted to soon, I'll try the xml methoud tomorrow, The quick bookmark method works also. Me bad, thought all I had to do was the src file, lazy me .
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby mcmexico on Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:11 pm

Would it be possible to explain with more detail how to create the "Searchplugins" directory? When I follow your path it ends with mwad0hks.default. I'm not exactly sure how or where to use the mkdir cmd create so as to accomplish the rest of the string in your example.
Thanks
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Re: Searching Mint Forums - A Better Way

Postby altair4 on Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:16 pm

I really regret starting this howto ................ :wink:

It looks like caribriz did all the hard work for you so all you have to do is:

Create the seachplugins directory:
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mkdir $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins

Then create the mint-forums.xml file:
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gedit $HOME/.mozilla/firefox/mwad0hks.default/searchplugins/mint-forums.xml

When gedit opens up to a blank file add caribriz's code:
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<SearchPlugin xmlns="http://www.mozilla.org/2006/browser/search/" xmlns:os="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/">
<os:ShortName>Mint Forums</os:ShortName>
<os:InputEncoding>utf-8</os:InputEncoding>
<os:Image width="16" height="16">data:image/x-icon;base64,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</os:Image>
<os:Url type="text/html" method="GET" template="http://www.google.com/search?q={searchTerms}&amp;sitesearch=forums.linuxmint.com">
</os:Url>
</SearchPlugin>

Then restart firefox.

You don't need the intermediate steps of creating the mint-forums.src file or adding the mint-forums.gif file.
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