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I installed Fedora Core 6 on a computer that had been running Windows XP. Prior to that, I copied the entire XP disk to my file server. Once FC6 was running, I copied all those files from the server to the /rusty subdirectory. So far, no problem. (Note this is NOT /home/rusty.)
Now I'd like to search for the MP3 files in that folder. In the past, I used the search program on FC3 and found it both useful and flexible. It allowed me to specify both a search path as well as a flag to search all subdirectories under the directory I select. All I had to do was click Actions -> Search for files...
I have not found a way to do either with the search program that comes with FC6. The search on the file manager is no better. As far as I can tell, it will search my personal home folder, nothing more. There just aren't any switches, preferences, etc., like on the FC3 search program. Why would they remove such useful features?
Oh, yeah, almost forgot... It won't allow me to search at all when I'm logged on as root. Period. This is a major pain during set up. Once everything is installed, I very rarely log on as root, but when I'm loading files from a previous system, it sure would help with permissions and other inconveniences.
Well, sure, but that's no longer the point. The problem is: the FC3 search program worked far, far better than the one available in FC6. In other words, the FC3 find program did most of the things I needed it to do, but the same program in FC6 can't. How do I reintegrate the old program?
After all, functionality should IMPROVE with new releases of Linux, not degrade.
This is not what you want to hear, but I would rather use find in a terminal than ANY of the GUI searchers I have seen.
This said, you are operating in the Gnome world, which is notorious for dumbing things down. You might want to try KDE. I just opened (for the first time) the find dialog in KDE (kfind) and it seems very straightforward.