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GNOME system search no longer displays nested folders as results

asked 2016-03-03 01:40:04 -0500

jtlinux gravatar image

updated 2016-03-10 18:19:42 -0500

In the Search settings, I can toggle "Files" (folders) and "Documents" (files), but it doesn't fix my problem. Under "Search Locations" in Search settings, all of my account's top-level folders (Documents, Music, etc.) and bookmarked folders are marked as searchable.

Those top-level and bookmarked folders appear in the search results, but folders within them don't. On the other hand, all of my documents, music, etc. (recursive too) are indeed available in search results still.

(EDIT: Actually, I noticed that everything (music files, video files, documents, folders too) directly in my home directory can show up as a search result. But in nested folders, only documents (PDF, doc, otf, etc) show up.)

This has been happening since the weekend of February 27. I'm using gnome-shell 3.18.3-1.fc23, and nautilus 3.18.5-1.fc23, Linux 4.4.3-300.fc23.x86_64.

Any ideas? I'd be grateful.

I'm thinking about making a bug report at GNOME, but I wanted to ask here first.

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answered 2016-03-10 18:12:52 -0500

jtlinux gravatar image

This has been fixed on my system.

I updated to sqlite-3.11.0-3.fc23. Bugs in recent versions found here: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.... https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.c...

Then I restarted tracker from scratch with tracker reset -r to "kill all Tracker processes and remove all databases", and tracker daemon -s to "start miners (which indirectly starts tracker-store too)". More info: https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/Track...

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answered 2016-03-03 05:15:33 -0500

Aeyoun gravatar image

This works fine for me with the same software versions.

Try resetting Tracker (the search indexer), log out, and log back in again. Give it a few minutes to reindex your Home folder, and then try searching for a folder again.

To reset Tracker, run the following command (type carefully as this will delete files):

rm -rf "~/.config/tracker/tracker.cfg" "~/.local/share/tracker" "~/.cache/tracker"
gnome-session-quit --logout

Try searching for generic folders like “Documents” and then try more specific searches. Let us know how it works out.

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Thanks for the idea. I followed your steps, except there was no tracker.cfg file, and I can't find one. Anyway, no luck.

By the way, I just noticed that everything (music files, video files, documents, folders too) directly in my home directory is can show up as a search result. But in nested folders, only documents (PDF, doc, otf, etc) show up. I wonder why.

jtlinux gravatar imagejtlinux ( 2016-03-03 09:17:11 -0500 )edit

@jtlinux, this really sounds like a question for the tracker mailing list now.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2016-03-07 10:17:01 -0500 )edit

I'm thinking it could be related to a bug related to sqlite 3.11.0 Red Hat Bugzilla GtkFileChooser... / GNOME Bugzilla tracker broken.... Update coming soon, but I'll ask. Thanks.

jtlinux gravatar imagejtlinux ( 2016-03-07 22:37:47 -0500 )edit

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