Bug search pages should document valid search expressions

Bug #660283 reported by Nathan Stratton Treadway on 2010-10-14
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Launchpad itself

Bug Description

When I go to one of the search-bug-reports pages (e.g. either
), I'm presented with a plain text box in front of the "Search" button... with no information at all about what sort of search expressions I can use.

There should be some search help provided, either right there on the search form page, or on a separate page pointed to by a "Search Help" link found on those forms (preferablly placed right next to the search box).

I searched around in the Launchpad Help > Bugs section, but didn't find any page that discusses the supported search expressions. (Obviously, if such a page already exists, then this bug is really just a request to have a direct link to that page from the search form.)

Most of what I now (think I) know about the Malone search expressions I've gathered from a few tests I've run myself, and from hints I've gleaned reading through other bug-search-related bugs reported here... but from what I've gathered, here are a few examples of items that seem like they should be documented:

* the system will search within the bug summaries and descriptions, but comments are not always included

* the system will look for bugs that include all of the words entered in the search-text box; the order of the search words does not matter

* there is no way to search for an exact phrase, or to exclude bugs that contain certain words

* entering a plain number into the search box will return just the bug with the given bug number

* the "|" character can be used to indicate a logical OR

Gavin Panella (allenap) on 2010-10-14
Changed in malone:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2011-10-01
Changed in launchpad:
importance: Medium → Low
tags: added: docs search
tags: added: bugs
Daira Hopwood (daira) wrote :

It would also be helpful if the Advanced Search for a given project (https://launchpad.net/PROJECT/+bugs?advanced=1) was more prominently linked from all of the project's pages, rather than having to do a basic search and then click on Advanced Search from there.

William Grant (wgrant) on 2015-09-11
tags: added: bug-search
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