kio-locate: A KDE I/O Slave
Probably you know the locate command for doing quick file searches. kio-locate enables you, to start such a search from konqueror.
- To search using locate you don't have to switch to a prompt.
- The search results are shown to you, as if you were in a directory. Any found file is just one click away.
- You could e.g. move all found files using Drag & Drop.
- And all that's possible from practically any KDE program, that can open files.
Perhaps you should just take a look at the screenshots.
Unfortunately, I currently don't have the time to maintain
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 Venselaar).|
|*||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 Degand).|
|*||Closed a bug preventing the display of items having the same prefix (reported by Takis).|
You can download kio-locate either as a debian package or as full sourcecode.
|kio-locate_0.4.5.tar.gz||151.64 KB||kio-locate 0.4.5 (source code)||2675|
|kio-locate_0.4.5-1_i386.deb||101.49 KB||kio-locate 0.4.5 (Debian/sid, thanks to Karsten Schulz)||2395|
|kio-locate_0.4.4.tar.gz||151.98 KB||kio-locate 0.4.4 (source code)||1130|
|+||Add kio-locate to kde-extragear.|
|+||Translations needed. Contact Håvard Dahle for Norwegian translation.|
|+||Support searches on remote servers via ssh. A possible search could then look like "locate://username@server:port pattern". (Suggested by Ferdinand Gassauer)|
|+||Some kind of first start screen?|
|+||Check out beagle-query which was said to behave similar to command line locate. (Benjamin Kudria)|
|+||Use other backends like kat?|
How to use this?
You can use kio-locate mostly as you use locate. Instead of typing
$ locate patternat a prompt, you start the search with kio-locate directly in konqueror. You just enter
locate:patternas the address.
New: Configure kio-locate
Starting with version
0.4.0 you can configure kio-locate by entering
locater:config in konqueror's adress bar (note the
A normal search using
locate:pattern is case insensitive. But if your search contains upper case characters, the search switches to case sensitivity. You can change this behaviour using
How to write Patterns
- Furthermore you can't use a backslash as the last character of your query. O.k. you can, but KDE will ignore it. In such a case you can quote your pattern: Write
- A search as e.g.
locate:~/*.docworks as you might expect. This means that
~user/are expanded correctly at the beginning of the pattern.
- In older versions of KDE you can't use a star (*) for a pattern in konqueror. Therefor every plus (+) in a search is used just as a star (*) is. Instead of
locate:*.htmlyou may also type
- Should you need to use a plus in your search you have to escape it with a backslash. Instead of
locate:g++you have to use
New: Using Filters
Often you will get lots of results using locate. To filter your search you could use
$ locate kdeprint | grep -v apidocs | grep libon the command line to find those files matching kdeprint that don't contain api-docs but lib.
Starting with version 0.3.0 kio-locate has builtin support for such filtering. You can e.g. use
locate:kdeprint !api-docs lib to get the same results as above.
You can use arbitrarily many filtering expressions. Those that should not match are prepended by
!. To use regular expressions you can use
rlocate instead of
locate as the protocol.
You can add arbitrary filters to a white- resp. blacklist (using
locater:config). This way you can restrict your search to certain folders generally or exclude single directories. If you e.g. replace
/home/. in your whitelist you will only find files under /home afterwards.
Using this as the default search engine
Since version 0.3.1 you are enabled to select kio-locate as konquerors default search engine (under Web Shortcuts). Whenever you enter an url then, that konqueror can't deal with, a search using locate will be started.
So you can just enter a filename and konqueror will search for it. This saves you the characters needed for the usuallay prepended