My first message in the list. I've actually just "joined the team",
according to LP anyway.
I have been using Zim for while and it is an amazing productivity tool!
I also use GNOME Shell with its great search capabilities. I thought it
would be great to be able to search through my Zim notebook directly
from Shell search, so I went ahead and developed a very simple search
provider . It seems to be working, but I'm very new to almost
everything involved: although I have some programming background, I'm
new to python, DBUS, GNOME Shell, Zim itself and even Git. I basically
did a patchwork of a few tutorials I found about that stuff, so
certainly there is much room for improvement.
The workings are very simple: zimsearch.py is a python 3 script that
implements a gtk3 application . This app is DBus-activatable  and
does nothing except creating a DBus object that impements the GNOME
Shell search provider API. The service implementation basically spawns
"zim --search" with the search terms and parses the stdout. There is
some logic to identify the default notebook from notebooks.zim and to
override the searched notebook from a special search term
(notebook:...). Apart from the script, there are some descriptors to
install the provider in DBus and GNOME Shell.
If you would like to try it, I've make a script that installs the files
to their directories. It Works For Me, but no guarantees otherwise.
Please contact me if you are having trouble with the installation.
Thak you for your time. I would certainly appreciate any feedback!
 Soure code: https://github.com/dsboger/zimsearch
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