Bug 592565 - RFE: Better search in Gnome Package Kit
Summary: RFE: Better search in Gnome Package Kit
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-packagekit
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Richard Hughes
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-05-15 12:24 UTC by Valent Turkovic
Modified: 2011-04-26 10:29 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2011-04-26 10:29:54 UTC
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Description Valent Turkovic 2010-05-15 12:24:08 UTC
Description of problem:
Mary needs a gnome clipboard manager, she searches it with "Add/Remove programs" and finds only one program. She installs it but that is not the program but perl script.

Mary is very confused.

Please make searching in Gnome Package Kit better for Mary

If you search for clipboard application in Gnome Package Kit it finds only some strange perl package called "perl-Clipboard"

The problem lies that Gnome Package Kit searches only names of packages by default and it is not obvious in UI where and how to switch to description search.

yum by default searches descriptions also:

$ yum search clipboard

perl-Clipboard.noarch : Copy and paste with any OS
parcellite.i686 : A lightweight GTK+ clipboard manager
xclip.i686 : Command line clipboard grabber
xfce4-clipman-plugin.i686 : Clipboard manager plugin for the Xfce panel
xsel.i686 : Command line clipboard and X selection tool
MyPasswordSafe.i686 : A graphical password management tool
evince.i686 : Document viewer
fpm2.i686 : Password manager with GTK2 GUI
xfce4-screenshooter.i686 : Screenshot utility for the Xfce desktop

Please make Gnome Package Kit search descriptions also by default and make more obvious in UI how to switch from searching names, description and file name.

Maybe something like a check box that says "detailed search" and thus search descriptions also?

Leave out file name search from basic UI, that should be somewhere not easily accessible by novice users but still present for more advanced users.

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Comment 1 Richard Hughes 2010-05-15 16:04:11 UTC
It is supposed to search by description by default... but some some reason this is being reset to name in the F13 packages.

Comment 2 Richard Hughes 2010-05-15 16:18:12 UTC
commit dd3534a533a462e1c844a030dcaefaf8b57d0d3d
Author: Richard Hughes <richard@hughsie.com>
Date:   Sat May 15 17:17:49 2010 +0100

    Do not set the Add/Remove search to name but instead use the GConf defaults
    In gpk-application we were checking if the backend could search by details
    before we had set the possible roles and thus the check failed. This meant
    we always set searching by name, and the user got less results than they

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