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best app to search for files by content

Post by otlichnik73 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:41 pm

Hi there, everyone! I am on a quest to find THE MOST NEWBIE-FRIENDLY way to search BY CONTENT the files of the following types: .txt, .doc., .pdf, .odf, .html
So far, my solution is Recoll with "helpers" installed - definitely does the job, but the installation and running of it is not very newbie friendly.
Tried Catfish - can only search the content of .txt files. Same in Mate-search-tool someone recommended.

I need to find a solution for not-so-tech-minded colleagues in the office switching from Windows to Linux.
They miss the easy search in the Windows Explorer...
Any suggestions?
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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by xenopeek » Sat Oct 20, 2018 10:52 pm

I'm not the best to answer this as I just use grep from the terminal (or actually ripgrep, which is 20 times faster). Recoll and Catfish are the obvious ones to try if you need something with a GUI. A look on https://alternativeto.net/ comes up with two other options: DocFetcher and Searchmonkey. The latter you can install through Software Manager. DocFetcher you'll need to download it yourself from http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net/. It's written in Java but Linux Mint should come with a JRE already installed so you shouldn't need to do anything special with regards to it being Java.
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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by catweazel » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:10 pm

otlichnik73 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Any suggestions?
Catfish.

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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by all41 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:22 pm

+1 catfish
For deeper file search such as word search within files I suggest 'recoll' from the repositories which indexes everthing.
I am also using fsearch (not a repository item) which indexes just filenames. Both lightning fast
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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by xenopeek » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:24 pm

Erm, folks :wink:
otlichnik73 wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:41 pm
Tried Catfish - can only search the content of .txt files. Same in Mate-search-tool someone recommended.
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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by smurphos » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:47 pm

Searchmonkey is also plain text file only for search by contents.

Recoll was the only one I was aware of freely available as opensource software that can handle search by file contents in pdf, ms formats, odt, archives etc. Will have to give Docfetcher a look - it supports non plain text file-types looking at the site.

Agree the Recoll set-up is not newbie friendly - maybe a nice little post-install script is needed to pull in the optional dependencies and apply a sensible set of default settings.

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Re: best app to search for files by content

Post by otlichnik73 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:47 am

smurphos wrote:
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:47 pm
Searchmonkey is also plain text file only for search by contents.

Recoll was the only one I was aware of freely available as opensource software that can handle search by file contents in pdf, ms formats, odt, archives etc. Will have to give Docfetcher a look - it supports non plain text file-types looking at the site.

Agree the Recoll set-up is not newbie friendly - maybe a nice little post-install script is needed to pull in the optional dependencies and apply a sensible set of default settings.
YES!! Docfetcher is the winner!! Installation is a bit tedious, must install Runtime Java, then install from a .zip archive. It does not add itself to applications menu, you have to launch it from a .sh file, and the help menu is hidden in the folder in the archive. But, once you sort it all out -
you don't have to worry about installing any "helpers" as with Recoll, it searches ALL formats :D
website: http://docfetcher.sourceforge.net/en/download.html
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