I don't think it's true that an option is always good. I think software
should endeavour to have decent default options, and if multiple use
cases can be accommodated without an option, then that is preferable.

But you're right, a recursive search with ctrl-f vs typeahaed with
simple typing would accomplish what everyone wants without an option.

I'm using the 'search in current folder only' setting in order to make
the search more like typeahead, but this has the downside that I have to
go into the settings to do an actual recursive search. In reality,
recursive search is useful, and I want to use it, but it's different to
typeahead and it's a shame I have to pick one or the other.

Ideally for me would be typing is just going to select things similarly
to the old typeahead behaviour, and ctrl-f would do a search, either in
the current folder or recursively depending on a checkbox that would
ideally be in the main interface next to the search box rather than in
the settings menu - since one often wants one or the other, it's not
really an all-time preference.

I do think things will eventually go back this way. There is currently
wasted effort trying to make search meet the requirements of type-ahead,
whereas this would be unnecessary if typeahead existed too. Search is
becoming a bit of a frankenstein trying to be both, with returning items
from the current folder first, and having the search-in-current-folder-
only setting being global. It should just be search - features should do
one thing each instead of trying to please everyone.

I understand that search has been improved a lot in response to
complaints about type-ahead being removed, and this shows that the devs
are trying to meet people's use cases. But ultimately I think it is
misguided and making the search implementation more complex than it
otherwise would need to be. They are really are different features. So I
know there has been a lot of vitriol over this issue, but I would
encourage the nautilus devs to consider that they should become
different features once again. Ctrl-f to search will not confuse
anybody, type-ahead will not confuse anybody, whereas the current search
is trying to be both and so can behave unexpectedly in terms of the
order of search results and whether the search is recursive. Presumably
this means code complexity too.

I also understand that the old type-ahead code was holding back the
codebase and so it was desirable to excise it. I imagine new typeahead
functionality, working as much as possible within the current codebase
and its future directions, would be more amenable to nautilus dev
approval than just restoring the old code. For example, we probably
don't need the popup box in the bottom right as you type. It should just
be type a few characters and have a few-second timeout before forgetting
them, just like it is on other platforms such as windows and macos (I
think). It seems similar to me to the case or removing nautilus handling
the desktop. The code was holding back the codebase, but now we see that
a desktop extension for gnome-shell is in development by the main
nautilus dev.

I do think Nautilus can satisfy everyone's preferences here, and I do
think typeahead will eventually be re implemented once tensions die
down, especially if the nautilus devs can do it on their terms instead
of rejecting a patch that just re-adds code that they don't want to
maintain. A good typeahead implementation would even allow Nautilus to
remove code that customises how the search works to make it more useful
as typeahead - there would no longer be a need for that if typeahead
were present in its own right.

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  restore type-ahead find

Status in Nautilus:
Status in nautilus package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in ubuntu-settings package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  GNOME removed type-ahead find in Nautilus 3.6, not without


  Now when you type in a Nautilus window, Nautilus immediately performs
  a search in the current directory and all its subdirectories.  I
  personally find this annoying.  If I want to search, I'll click the
  search icon.  Often I'm looking at a long directory listing and simply
  want to jump to a certain point in it, and type-ahead find works great
  for that.

  Would Ubuntu consider patching type-ahead find back in?

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