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Nautilus search returns no results for anything outside of my home directory. I've had this problem with both Ubuntu 10.10 Nautilus and the new Nautilus in Gnome 3.2. I asked my friend using Fedora 15 if he had this limitation and he in fact did not. I can use the "Search for Files" dialog to perform the searches, but not Nautilus. What Gnome setting do I need to change?

Update: It's slightly worse than I feared: Nautilus seems to be employing only Tracker to perform searches and Tracker is being a couch potato. I ran tracker-control -S and it reported that all the miners were idle.

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Is there a reason you don't want to try command line searching? –  maxmackie Nov 6 '11 at 17:07

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Please make sure that you navigate the nautilus to the parent directory of /home.

For example File System that you can search all of the file in your machine.

To perform search just simply press Ctrl+F.

Please note that: I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 with Gnome3 Classic.

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tracker is unfortunately quite convoluted; IIRC you can use tracker-settings to control which directories are (should be) indexed.

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Yes, but tracker gets out of date quickly, which makes it less useful to me. I'd rather have to endure a few seconds wait and have an accurate, up-to-date search. –  wdkrnls Oct 15 '11 at 22:39

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