I sometimes spend time in the standard classic gnome GUI in debian wheezy, and today I wanted to search for files containing some text in a certain folder.

I tried to do it the windows way by going to the folder I wanted to search in, clicking on "Search" and typing in the text. But when I press "Enter" all I see is a bar saying "Search Results", with the location I'm searching in and a little + icon to add criteria to my search. There's no results...

To confirm it's not finding anything I created a folder called abc on the desktop and placed a file called text into it. I then double-clicked the folder, clicked on search, typed "text" and got a blank results page (with only the aforementioned "Search Results" bar and an option to add other criteria).

Is this a bug, permission issue or a bad feature? And what's the workaround?


You have to update your system database I think with updatedb command

  • Thanks but I don't know what that means.
    – quant
    Aug 2 '14 at 11:13
  • The updatedb command is used to update meta data for searching files with the find utility. I don't know if the gnome gui is using this command for file searching but you can try ... Just type in a shell the command to execute it and try again your research.
    – Ko2r
    Aug 2 '14 at 14:03
  • @Ko2r find doesn't use the "database" generated with updatedb it just searches the filesystem. locate is the utility that uses the data generated with updatedb.
    – Anthon
    Aug 2 '14 at 14:26
  • @Anthon My mistake I mean locate
    – Ko2r
    Aug 2 '14 at 14:31

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