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Old 01-10-2011, 03:00 PM   #31
Registered: Oct 2009
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Distribution: ubuntu 18.04
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Originally Posted by w1k0 View Post
You mentioned you create your files as OpenOffice documents. So I assume you store them in ODT or DOC format. In such case your file can use “Surname_name_birthdate_complication.odt” or “Surname_name_birthdate_complication.doc” name.

To find all files concerning the particular “complication” with Midnight Commander do the following steps:

1. Go to the directory at the top of your records collection.
2. Press “Esc” key and then “?” key. (On my US keyboard to type “?” I have to press “Shift” and “/” keys).
3. In “File name:” field type “*complication*”. (First star is for the text before the word “complication” and the second star for the text after that word).
4. Assure “Content:” field is empty.
5. Press “Enter”.

In result Midnight Commander will display the list of all files including the word “complication” in their names.

You can browse that list using “↑” and “↓” keys as well as “PgUp” and “PgDn” keys.

I assume you installed odt2txt and docview programs.

In such case after highlighting the selected file you can display it’s contents after pressing “F3” key once or twice.

To go back to the list of the files press “F3” key once.

After you find the file you searched for press “Enter” to go to it.



When you want to use command line press “Ctrl” and “o” keys to hide Midnight Commander’s window. To show it anew press “Ctrl” and “o” keys once again.
Thanks for the advices . Midnight commander is really powerfull . Thunar is quite fast too. I think that the main problem was the FAT32 format of my flash disk , now that I formatted it to EXT3, everything is fast.
Ill mark the thread as solved
Thank you all for the help
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:44 PM   #32
Registered: Oct 2009
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Distribution: ubuntu 18.04
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Hello everybody again
After upgrading to ubuntu 11.04 , with the Gnome search tool ( I installed Gnome and use it instead for Unity), I get superfast searches , as a matter of fact I get the result almost before pressing enter ! Dont know how is this achieved but feel quite happy to search my huge archive


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