It's a shame there is no way to vote for things here, and instead weight
seems given to bugs with a large number of comments / activity.
The current version of nautilus, which is the very core of Ubuntu, is
broken. Search is not the same as navigation. I do not want to search my
files when I know exactly where the file I want is - I want to go to it.
There are full time Ubuntu developers. This should not be waiting for a
user to contribute a patch.
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Restore interactive_search.patch (type-ahead search)
Status in nautilus package in Ubuntu:
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.
- 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.
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