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c0de 16th September 2005 02:14 PM

Search files in Fedora
I was wondering if linux had a feature like windows, where u press ctrl F and it pops up with a search menu so that u can look for files on ur hard disk... im sure linux must have it too, but im still a newbie :D


LocutusOfBorg 16th September 2005 02:40 PM

Try kfind for a graphical interface.

man find
to learn one of the most powerful linux programs.
You can create a keyboard shortcut for kfind.

rioguia 16th September 2005 02:52 PM

find, locate, which, man, apropos
Open a terminal for several options:
find / -file 'name_of_file' [translattion: find from the root of the system any file matching the name 'name of file']

or another example:
find /home -name *txt [translation: find every file under the directory /home ending in ".txt"].

locate name_of_file

If you are looking for executables:

which name_ of_executable [ provides the full path to executable]

If you are looking for a manual page

man name_of_command

If you don't know the name of the command,

apropos key_word_related_to_command

domax 16th September 2005 03:03 PM

Shortcut for searching feauture in linux depends on window manager you use and on program you use as file browser.
But really power mechanizm for file searching in linux - it's a find command.
If you installed KDE, then run
konqueror info:/find
here is manual for this command

BandC 16th September 2005 04:16 PM

Gnome should also have a "Search Files" GUI tool. Look under the Desktop menu (I think).

c0de 17th September 2005 01:33 PM

thanks yeah i found it under gnome, it was tucked away in one of the menus... haha

kosmosik 18th September 2005 12:27 AM

try GNU grep - it searches (greps) files for text pattern... if pattern is matched it prints filename... very usefull stuff. but it is limited to text based files. it won't search binary files (f.e. your Word documents). grep is also aviable for probably all major OS platforms (including Windows) and it is probably fastest. :) I love grep.

but if you mean desktop search maybe try using beagle - it indexes a lot of desktop related data - like mail, IM chats, browser history etc. and tries to show the result within the context - interesting tool.

also another approach is htdig - check it out for searching structured data (text documents, HTML, XML, *Office, etc.)

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