Bug 212901 - Search needs at least 3-4 characters
Summary: Search needs at least 3-4 characters
Alias: None
Product: krunner
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Platform: Compiled Sources Linux
: NOR normal with 45 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Plasma Bugs List
URL: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/111...
: 226859 315708 318718 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-11-03 13:19 UTC by András Manţia
Modified: 2013-09-01 05:00 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Version Fixed In: 4.12.0


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Description András Manţia 2009-11-03 13:19:49 UTC
Previously it was enough to type "nx" in the search box to find the NX client and other NX apps installed, but now I have to type at least 4 characters until it finds them: "nx c" for example (luckily it finds also without space, "nxc" probably because of the name of the executable). First I thought the search is completely broken...
I find the new behavior counter-productive, as you'd use the search box exactly when you are not sure about the name of the app, or where it is in the menu hierarchy.
Comment 1 Ivan Čukić 2009-12-08 09:25:55 UTC
This is due to a applications runner implementation - requests three or more characters to search. On the other hand, the shell runner (IIRC the name) works for less characters (type 'ls' for example)

If it is a bug at all, it should be filed for krunner.
Comment 2 Jacopo De Simoi 2009-12-28 11:15:33 UTC
uhm, interesting problem.. the usual condition is >= 3 to avoid noise in the results. I am not sure if there's a clean way to solve this...
Comment 3 Jekyll Wu 2011-12-10 11:58:24 UTC
*** Bug 226859 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Keepun 2013-01-31 18:11:18 UTC
How to look for "Qt"?

Search of KRunner is used in StartMenu (Lancelot).

In Gnome 3, Windows 7 it is possible to look for programs and documents from 1 character.
In KDE needs at least 3.
Comment 5 Christoph Feck 2013-02-24 03:49:00 UTC
*** Bug 315708 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Jekyll Wu 2013-04-22 13:42:54 UTC
*** Bug 318718 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 GSC 2013-04-23 04:07:07 UTC
Launchy is Open-source and GPL and written in Qt, so referring to its impletation of search might help solve this problem.  Launchy 's default search behavior is really nice and neat.

made some good points.
Comment 8 Hrvoje Senjan 2013-08-27 21:58:42 UTC
Fixed with e2ebcda23e635eaba4b96e839c05760c975661dd, no?