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KDE Improvement

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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.2.x
Downloads:  16337
Submitted:  Oct 21 2004
Updated:  Oct 20 2005


kio-locate is a KDE I/O Slave for the locate command. This means that you can use kio-locate by simply typing in konquerors address box.

You can e.g. type "locate:index.html" to find all files that contain "index.html" in their name. There's even more: You can use kio-locate in all KDE applications, that accept URLs. Just take a look at the screenshots.

Many thanks to Tobi Vollebregt who has been improving kio-locate as a participant of Googles "Summer of Code". Thank you very much!


kio-locate (0.4.5) 2006-02-05 -- Armin Straub

* Search hits with non-ascii characters in the file name always showed up
with invalid size/owner/group information (fixed by Johan Billing).
* kio-locate should now compile with gcc-4.1_beta (fixed by Jan Jitse
* Updated to bksys 1.5.1.

kio-locate (0.4.4) 2005-10-19 -- Armin Straub

+ Warn if locate (or whatever is selected) is not installed (suggested
by Axel K. Braun).
* Use slocate and rlocate as default when available (suggested by Nicolas
* Closed a bug preventing the display of items having the same prefix
(reported by Takis).

(0.4.5 source)
Debian(0.4.5 debian sid)
(older versions)
(0.4.2tvo0.2 kubuntu hoary)
(0.4.3 RPM Fedora Core 4 (thanks to ociomax))
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 love it...

 by pepe07 on: Apr 2 2005
Score 50%

makes the rather tedious job of looking for lost files so much more convenient.
Thanks a lot!!!

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 by husky on: Apr 2 2005
Score 50%

Cool stuff, made my day :-D
Will this go into KDE CVS sometime?

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 by rossoft on: Apr 4 2005
Score 50%

A great kio, i will use it often.

Can we vote for it on dot.kde CVS?
If we can,Can you post the url for vote?

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 Re: Great!

 by arminstraub on: Apr 5 2005
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Currently you can not vote for kio-locate. But I will ask for inclusion to kde shortly.

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 Some suggestions

 by redmac5 on: Apr 5 2005
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Some suggestions on what you could do to improve the collapsed folders for results:
- use a different folder icon than the standard one for collapsed folders to avoid confusion between real folders and collapsed folders; with 'real folders' I mean those whose name was matched in the expression, thus making the folder itself a search result
- sort collapsed folders according to their number of hits; I know this conflicts with the name sorting which is active in the screenshot, but on the other hand the name of a collapsed folder is not of importance in this situation, so there is no need to use it for sorting => the results are more important

General suggestion:
- color the part of a filename that matched the expression in a different color; make sure to use a standard KDE color and not a custom one, as it needs to fit with whatever color scheme the user has active

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 Re: Some suggestions

 by arminstraub on: Apr 5 2005
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thank you for these suggestions.

@ use a different folder icon than the standard one for collapsed folders

I think that is a good idea and I will implement this.

@ sort collapsed folders according to their number of hits

I have thought about that, too. But unfortunately I have not found any good way on how to achieve this. A kioslave has no influence about the sorting as far as I know (please correct me, :-). One possibility would be use numbers padded with zeros (001, 056, etc), but I don't know if this solution would be really good.

@ color the part of a filename that matched the expression in a different color

I would like to do this, if I knew how to achieve this (as a kioslave!!).

Thanks again for your ideas!

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 Re: Re: Some suggestions

 by redmac5 on: Apr 7 2005
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> A kioslave has no influence about the sorting as far as I know

I haven't thought of this, as I do not know the KDE API (yet). Could be possible. I would try asking on a kdelibs mailing list if this is possible.

> One possibility would be use numbers padded with zeros

I would only use that as a last option. What would IMO be better:
- Place the result numbers after the folder name; you already added them somehow, so I assume you can influence the position.
- Taking the icon idea a step further would be to use icon colors to reflect the number of results; e.g. a red folder icon for more than 50 results, a yellow one for more than 10 and a green one for less than 10. In this case, I think people could live without the sorting, as there are better visual cues.

> color the part of a filename

I don't know this either (see above).

Something else I just realized: Why are the results from /bin/ not inside a folder in the screenshot? What is the criterion that decides whether a file goes into a folder or is displayed directly?

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 Re: Re: Re: Some suggestions

 by arminstraub on: Apr 7 2005
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@ Why are the results from /bin/ not inside a folder in the screenshot? What is the criterion that decides whether a file goes into a folder or is displayed directly?

Currently only folders are collapsed that are not toplevel (as /bin). (I will include a possibility to change this setting in a new version). This is meant to prevent having just collapsed top level search results. But as said, this will change...

Thank you - I am working on a new release...!

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 by kundor on: Apr 10 2005
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Using this with my music player, I can go to Play Media, type locate:Beatles or locate:SomeBand and all the music from that band from all over my hard drive goes there! (The player automatically filters out any non-music files itself.)

This is really great, I would love to see it in KDE.

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 Better than Google!!

 by phxguy on: Apr 11 2005
Score 50%

This is just great.. It's better than Google!!! when searching for files. but yes it would be nice to have the text that was searched on a different color. Also don't know if it's possible but how bout being able to search email messages? I'm such a noob :)

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 Re: Better than Google!!

 by arminstraub on: Apr 11 2005
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The coloring is not possible from inside konqueror. Generally a kio slave just provides the data and has almost no influence on its presentation (beyond the icon etc.).

All that kio-locate does and is (currently) supposed to do is taking the output of locate. Searching emails is a complete different thing and requires another program to be written. Nonetheless one might consider merging all this searching in one search kio slave.

Thanks for your input.

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