The old behaviour was one of the power features of Nautilus for a person that uses keyboard navigation. The new behaviour is dramatically different and frankly doesn't work as well for many use cases.
Lets say I want to quickly navigate to ~/code/myproject/module/__init__.py. 1. I switch to Nautilus which shows my home folder A. With the old behaviour: c ENTER m ENTER m ENTER __i ENTER B. With the new behaviour: __init__.py, and it shows me tons of __init__.py located in my home folder and all subdirectories 2. Trying to use the new behaviour and still achieve my goal I try this: i) module/__init__.py, no hit ii) module __init__.py, no hit So, currently I see no way of navigating to the intended file without alot of hassle or reaching for the mouse. A big regression for me. -- You received this bug notification because you are a member of Desktop Packages, which is subscribed to nautilus in Ubuntu. https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1666681 Title: Restore interactive_search.patch (type-ahead search) Status in nautilus package in Ubuntu: Won't Fix Bug description: Nautilus dropped the popular type-ahead search feature years ago. Ubuntu has been carrying a patch to revert that change. See bug 1164016 for the original LP bug and patch proposal. Nautilus is now under very active development. During the 3.22 cycle, that patch needed to be rebased. I tried to do it and what I came up with caused a crash (it didn't really crash for me, but ricotz and some others experienced it) and the first letter typed activated type- ahead search but the first letter was dropped. In other words, you would need to type "ddow" to activate the Downloads folder instead of just "dow" like in previous releases. (LP: #1635988) I did that rebase in October 2016 and no one has stepped up then to improve the patch. The Nautilus maintainer csoriano has said that the slots and views changed significantly during 3.22 and will likely be refactored more in the future. If there's no one available to maintain the patch, unfortunately, we'll eventually have to drop the patch to not be stuck on an ancient version of Nautilus. I am proposing that we do this at the start of the 17.10 development cycle. This gives 6 months for a developer to step up and try to fix the patch and 12 months before 18.04 LTS. Other Items =========== - For better performance with the built-in search, we need to reconsider avoiding tracker in Unity (LP: #1666676) - There is an option in Preferences for users to disable searching in subfolders. I don't think we want to do that by default but maybe it can help some people. The current Nautilus 3.24 packaging is in the GNOME3 Staging PPA with this patch now disabled. https://launchpad.net/~gnome3-team/+archive/ubuntu/gnome3-staging/+packages?field.series_filter=zesty To manage notifications about this bug go to: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nautilus/+bug/1666681/+subscriptions -- Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~desktop-packages Post to : email@example.com Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~desktop-packages More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp