(SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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(SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Hi,

I remember back in 2011 when Google desktop was still alive, and had a search engine to look for files and folders in the local PC; the software was discontiued... yet I miss its functionality (was available for Linux). Is there a similar visual tool, to perform simple searchs in my desktop, like find "file*.odt", "file2*.*" and so on?

I have Mint 17.3 Cinammon, on an old Intel PC

Regards
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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Your file manager has a search function, does it not?

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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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You have at your fingertips a great tool call, locate, it works a little bit like the file command but it does use a DB which it builds up overtime.

Check it here.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FindingFiles

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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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sudo apt-get install gnome-search-tool
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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Gnome-search-tool is a good choice, which includes the possibility to search for containing text. If you want something which is more similar (but not identical) to the old desktop search take a look at DocFetcher.

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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Try Recoll, it's in the Software manager. I use it all the tine, it's great.

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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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I use a program called Catfish File Search, it's in the Software Manager.

It has a nice UI and seems to work very quickly although I don't use it that often.
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Re: Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Thank you !

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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any of these for just mousing to an empty spot on the desktop and start typing and it starts searching like in kde neon?

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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I had gnome-search-tool installed when running LM18.3, seems to be missing from the repos for LM19, so using catfish instead
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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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AndyMH wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:21 pm
I had gnome-search-tool installed when running LM18.3, seems to be missing from the repos for LM19, so using catfish instead
des it allow for clicking a blank spot on the desktop and start searching or is it gui based?

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another +1 for catfish! I'm finding it useful since installing after easylinuxtipsproject recommended it (at least for Cinnamon&MATE:)

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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des it allow for clicking a blank spot on the desktop and start searching or is it gui based?
GUI based, I have a shortcut to it on my panel.
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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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AndyMH wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:57 am
des it allow for clicking a blank spot on the desktop and start searching or is it gui based?
GUI based, I have a shortcut to it on my panel.
o.k. seemed fast, but didn't seem to do system wide search. typically if i'm searching for something i'm doing a system wide search. the idea of searching drive by drive in my book is ridiculous. in windows i use search everything because of it's speed wersus windows search, catfish seems to have that kind of speed, but like i said i must be be able to open it once, enter what i'm looking for, and have it search the ENTIRE system at one time. also i did a test on a video drive searching for *.mkv and it found no results. the *. is universal or at least it was.

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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redlined wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:00 pm
another +1 for catfish! I'm finding it useful since installing after easylinuxtipsproject recommended it (at least for Cinnamon&MATE:)
anyone feel like addressing my above concerns? thanks

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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the idea of searching drive by drive in my book is ridiculous
Search from / it will then search everything given that your drives will be either in /mnt or /media.
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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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AndyMH wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:33 am
the idea of searching drive by drive in my book is ridiculous
Search from / it will then search everything given that your drives will be either in /mnt or /media.
ok cool,and the *.file extension that's suppose to be universal?

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Who says that's supposed to be universal? Is it also universal that you are not allowed to have an asterisk in a filename? ;)

take a search for .mkv, not *.mkv unless you are looking for a file called *.mkv or anything-else*.mkv-something-or-whatever.

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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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Searches are as simple or complex as you want them to be. Your starting point can be at the top of the filesystem, a specific directory, or anywhere in between - as always, your choice.

I use this on the command line when I am least certain where files may be located.

You can, on the command line, use

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locate <some parameter including ? and *>
You can, on the command line, use

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sudo find / -name <some parameter including ? and *>
You can, on the command line, use some fancy combination of filters, arguments, parameters, etc. to your hearts content.

You can do the same thing on in a GUI.

Whatever you're doing, keep permissions in mind; it can change your results.
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Re: (SOLVED) Is there a tool, like Google Desktop, in Mint?

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IT IS SUPPOSE TO BE UNIVERSAL to search for ALL files with that extension.

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