By hughsie on November 1, 2013
The ever-awesome Matthias Clasen added a nice feature to GNOME Software a couple of weeks ago:
It’ll be available in GNOME 3.12 in a few months time.
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The current screenshot could lead to some confusion.
Is there a way to add a title/explanation? “Available applications” (and maybe another search provider higher up that is called “Installed applications”?)
Perhaps you could open a bug against gnome shell and we can discuss it there. Thanks!
What, no SuperTuxKart in GNOME Software?
Sure, it just didn’t match on “tux”. If you type “super” it matches fine. Perhaps you can open a bug to supertuxkart and ask them to add the keyword “tux” to the .desktop file?
Do you mean that it doesn’t match the application name at all? That’s strange, isn’t it?
It matches the prefix of each word in the app name, the app summary, the app description and any keywords. Substring matches return hundreds of applications for most of the simple queries.
I know it’s outside of the topic but will there be (a future) possibility for GNOME Software to search software in all (including 3rd party) repositories which is installed on the system (e.g. RPMFusion)?
It depends if RPMFusion wants to generate the metadata. I did a previous blog on how to do it, so it would be really easy for them to ship the needed data.
They already discussed it.
Maybe you want to blog a bit about them? Last stone before world domination?
About substring matching: I really loved the partial matching that GNOME Do offered, where e.g. “ffx” would match “firefox” and “thb” would match “thunderbird”. Any chance something like this could be added to GNOME Shell search, or is this type of matching to resource intensive?
Do you know how the substrings were derived?
In GNOME Do, an input j would match all strings s such that the characters in j appeared in s in the same order. Hence, ffx matches FireFoX, thb matches THunderBird, stk matches SuperTuxKart. It sounds like it would lead to many false positives, but it really worked like a charm.
I guess they also performed some magic to rank the matches.
Just wondering how this would integrate with distros like ArchLinux. Would search the AUR, would it need manual configuration to work properly…? Any thoughts on this?
I don’t know how ArchLinux works, sorry.
For all those requesting the GNOME Do pattern matching, it’s worth noting that the completion behaviour shouldn’t be unique to software installation, but should apply to Shell as a whole. That is, I shouldn’t be able to search for Firefox as “ffx”, install it, and then not have it accessible via the same search string.
Any chance for this to be activated by a special string? For example, normal text typing would be like Gnome shell works now, but if we add a prefix, like ; or : before the query, then that query would work for the web and software search? I mean, this is great but people would probably like to have distinct functions for installed apps and apps to be installed (including me).
I always hate it when someone says “will be in 3.12 in a few months time”. We don’t even have 3.10 yet in any major distros.
But there’s no Amazon in there!
really appreciate all the hard work put into to make 3.10 so good.
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