Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When I first discovered Linux, I fell in love. It had that "dangerous" look that many of us like. It was KDE3 and Fluxbox that had me at hello.
So history happens, and things ebb and flow with time. KDE self-mangled themselves with a poor release choice of KDE 4 and in just a couple short years, Ubuntu and Gnome follow, jumping off the same bridge......
Just about the same time that KDE finally gets its poop in a group.
So, listening to friends and associates talk about the KDE improvements and yearning for days of old. I dove back into the KDE pool and it felt like seeing an old friend after a long absence.
However it didn't take me long to remember why said friend and I parted ways...I mean aside from some stupid design choices. This problem preceded that by years.
I have terabytes of data on my computer organized (strewn) across three hard drives. Gigs upon gigs of music, hopelessly lost in the 60's and 70's. Movies, pictures, documents....scans of birth certificates, etc.
I have a lot of stuff. And yeah, I remember where i put each and every file. Uh-huh...and I will take the gold in the Men's 100 meter this year in London too.
So a fast and reliable search feature is critical for me. For as long as I can remember, or as far back as I have to remember in this case, search on the KDE desktop has in a word......
Many tell me that the default search tool, Kfind; is just spiffy.
No it's not. Putting in the search string "music" and setting it up to search my home folder should have a least triggered a response for the music folder within Home.
It didn't. It told me there was nothing referring to "music" in my home folder.
Uh, yes there is.
Kfind insisted that there wasn't.
We are still at odds over this. But more so, I need a good search client for my desktop. Kfind is Kfired.
So what's all this noise about Akonadi and nepomuk?
I mean, I thought they were supposed to be the cat's ass in indexing and search. So far, all they have done is chew through exorbitant amounts of CPU cycles while indexing.
Now listen, this isn't a rant....well maybe a little bit, but sheesh.....Look, I really am beginning to like KDE again, at least I am trying to like it but it keeps getting in my way. Turns out, these great indexing protocols don't even have a native front end for themselves. There's nothing I can find in the repos that will give me, for example, a gui front end for Strigi. Isn't that what all this noise in the background is supposed to give me?
A searchable database? Great, you built me the road and leave me standing in the middle of it without a car.
Out of frustration, I installed Nautilus into my beautiful, pristine KDE environment. Why? Because Gnome search is spectacular. I click on the little binoculars in my panel and choose the directory or drive I want to search and it starts spitting out results like a machine gun. I can click any of the results and go right to the folder holding my search query.
Dolphin search isn't near as smart yet as his big brother Nautilus. Maybe he's the pretty one, but he couldn't find his a$$ using both hands. Besides, I want a dedicated search client...not an "also can do" in the file manager. Usually "also can do" features can't.
I dunno....this wouldn't be the first time I blathered about a problem when the solution was right in front of my face....that may be the case now but in my Google search for a solution, I am seeing a ton of folks with the same frustrations.
OK, never mind....this IS a rant. Fair enough...but for the love of Limburger, it's been years since I faced the same problem.
It just seems a damned shame that KDE desktop search sucks just as much as it did over 4 years ago.
Or maybe it is fixed and I am just not familiar enough with the environment to know what I am doing. That could be as well.
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 4:53 PM