I'm loving (parts) of this new Unity interface; in particular the searching with the windows key (just like Windows 7!).

But how do I:

  1. Tell it what programs I'd like to be able to return
  2. Tell it where I'd like file searches to be performed

I presume 2 has something to do with indexing, but I do not know the indexing backend, and the "official" documentation is pretty useless for a power user (vs a l33t user that contributes patches ;))

  1. There is no control over this atm (atleast in 11.04). It searches through all the regular menu entries /usr/share/menu IIRC.

  2. I'm unsure as to if it does index. I'm pretty sure it only searches through ~/ (your home directory).

And I agree, the documentation is pretty craptastic.


This might be closer to what you were looking for I guess unity uses Lenses for searching. You should be able to create a lens and have it search either locally or remotely.


also just found this http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/awesome-unity-lenses-ubuntu/

  • Please include a summary of the linked content as well, or post your answer as a comment. Answers are expected to be relatively self-contained, more than just links. – jw013 Nov 9 '12 at 18:54

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