[SOLVED] Internal Search Engine

All Gurus once were Newbies
Forum rules
There are no such things as "stupid" questions. However if you think your question is a bit stupid, then this is the right place for you to post it. Please stick to easy to-the-point questions that you feel people can answer fast. For long and complicated questions prefer the other forums within the support section.
Before you post please read how to get help
Post Reply
WaltP
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:19 am

[SOLVED] Internal Search Engine

Post by WaltP » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:58 pm

I am having an issue with my search engine. When I do a search and type the first word, as soon as I hit the spacebar for the second word, it starts to search before I can type in the second word. I am using Cinnamon Mint 18.2 64 bit. This worked fine on my Cinnamon 16. Is there a fix for this? Thanks.
Last edited by Moem on Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Marked this as [SOLVED] for you; please note that you can do this for your own topics. Thanks!

User avatar
Schultz
Level 6
Level 6
Posts: 1040
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:57 pm

Re: Search engine

Post by Schultz » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:23 pm

Are you talking about the search feature under the Mint start menu, or in your browser? (If you meant in your browser it would help to know what browser you're using.)

I tested search in the Mint menu and it works correctly. I typed "red" then hit the space bar and it did not start searching. (But I'm on 18.3 Mate 64 bit.) I then tested search in my browser and that also works correctly.

Rocky Bennett
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 364
Joined: Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

Re: Search engine

Post by Rocky Bennett » Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:56 pm

Which search engine, Google, DuckDuckGo or some other search engine. Which web browser are you using?

Cosmo.
Level 22
Level 22
Posts: 16704
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:34 am

Re: Search engine

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:47 pm

I am very sure that the OP means Nemo. Yes, since some versions ago the search function in Nemo got this "improvement" and Nemo thinks, that it is smart, but in reality this is simply annoying. You even cannot get into the search bar with a mouse press (would be logical, because nobody can enter a search expression with a mouse), you have to click in the bar with the mouse.

Suggestion: Install gnome-search-tool. It is far more powerful anyway.

WaltP
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:19 am

Re: Search engine

Post by WaltP » Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:35 pm

I'm not talking about my browser. I'm also not talking about the search at the start menu. That just looks for applications. I'm looking for files on my computer. Either the Home directory search button or my secondary hard drive search button.

Cosmo, thanks for the advice. I have installed gnome-search-tool. How do I make that my default search engine? When I load gnome-search-tool, it works fine but when I click on the magnifying glass to search, it’s back to my old crappy search engine.

User avatar
Superannuated
Level 4
Level 4
Posts: 279
Joined: Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:18 am
Location: UTC -8 :: Pacific Coast USA

Re: Search engine

Post by Superannuated » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:42 pm

Thanks for starting this thread! Since LM 18.2 Cinnamon uses Nemo as the file manager the following won't help you directly, but it is useful for those on Xfce and Thunar and it may help you find a way that works in Nemo.

I followed the instructions here and it resulted in making gnome-search-tool an integrated search tool in Thunar. Further, as I had already installed Catfish, I now have my choice in Thunar of which search engine to use.
GnomeSearchTool.jpg
GnomeSearchTool.jpg (42.33 KiB) Viewed 210 times

Cosmo.
Level 22
Level 22
Posts: 16704
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:34 am

Re: Search engine

Post by Cosmo. » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:58 am

WaltP wrote:I have installed gnome-search-tool. How do I make that my default search engine?
You cannot integrate it into Nemo. This is what I did:

Open the keyboard settings of the system -> shortcuts -> own shortcuts. Create a key-combination for gnome-search-tool. I have associated it with super-f. Now I can launch it regardless of the application I am currently using. You can also place a launcher for it into the quicklaunch applet. For this right click the entry for it in the menu and select to add to the panel. Now you have also the possibility to launch it with the mouse.

WaltP
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:19 am

Re: Search engine

Post by WaltP » Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:17 pm

Cosmo, thanks again. I don't want to appear to be a dunderhead but I got somewhat lost in your explanation. Correct me but this is what I did:
First, I created an icon on my desktop which ran gnome-search-tool. Then I tried to follow your instructions:
Start Menu>Preferences>keyboard>shortcuts>Add custom shortcut
I gave it a name and associated it with my desktop icon. I don't know what to do at this point. I don't know what super-f means. We seem to be separated by a common language. :) :?

Cosmo.
Level 22
Level 22
Posts: 16704
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:34 am

Re: Search engine

Post by Cosmo. » Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:11 pm

WaltP wrote:I gave it a name and associated it with my desktop icon. I don't know what to do at this point. I don't know what super-f means. We seem to be separated by a common language. :) :?
In the first step you have to enter a name (you did that) and to enter a command, in this case gnome-search-tool. Double click the entry in the list (upper part) to open the editor and correct the command(!) entry.
Next you have 3 possible key-combinations for this command in the lower part of the window, at first all are set to "not associated)". Hover the first entry there to get some tool tips as help.
super- f means the super key and the f key together, just as shift-f will give you in a text editor a capitalized F. Perhaps you know the super key better under the name windows key. Both mean the same. Using the super key as the modifier key has the advantage, that this will not infer with the shortcut-keys in any application, applications do not use the super key for keyboard shortcuts (except a few, which create so called global shortcuts).

WaltP
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:19 am

Re: Search engine

Post by WaltP » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:22 am

I didn’t know that the Windows key was called the super key. Where do you find that info?
Under Keyboard bindings, I assigned Super+F. Now when I hit Super-f I get this:
super-f search.png
I can give up on this at this point. I am satisfied with the gnome-search-tool icon on my desktop. It is SO much better than using the garbage Nemo search engine. I have thousands of files on my hard drives and finding a file was very difficult. Not so anymore. Thanks so much Cosmo.

Cosmo.
Level 22
Level 22
Posts: 16704
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:34 am

Re: Search engine

Post by Cosmo. » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:13 am

WaltP wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:22 am
Under Keyboard bindings, I assigned Super+F. Now when I hit Super-f I get this:
It seems, as if you have set as command the genome-search.desktop file. If you reread my advice you will see, that I wrote to enter only gnome-search (without .desktop) as command. (Opening the properties of the .desktop file and set it to allow executing it might probably also help, but this is not what I advised.)

WaltP
Level 1
Level 1
Posts: 5
Joined: Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:19 am

Re: Search engine

Post by WaltP » Fri Feb 09, 2018 6:45 pm

OK. Gotcha. It works. What I did wrong was under 'Add custom shortcut' , next to the 'command' I clicked on the camera button and picked my desktop gnome search icon.

I don't understand why software "engineers" would create such a worthless search engine within Nemo.

Thanks, Cosmo.

Post Reply

Return to “Newbie Questions”