Quick Search in Synaptic Package Manager is greyed out - LMDE 64 bit

Bug #702886 reported by Arun Lakshmanan on 2011-01-14
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Linux Mint
Low
Ikey Doherty

Bug Description

Have been a long time Mint user and wanna start out by thanking you guys for a great distro.

I recently installed the December 2010 release, 64 bit LMDE on a Lenovo T400 laptop. Found that the Synaptic Package Manager has the "Quick Search" filter greyed out. I can still press the "search" button and initiate searches but the "Quick Search" filter is inaccessible.

Fwiw, I have /boot in a different partition, / in a separate partition and I dual boot with Vista 32 bit using the Vista bootloader + EasyBCD + GRUB (which has been written to the /boot partition).

Have used both the menu shortcut and the terminal to open up Synaptic and both have same results - Quick search greyed out.

Ikey Doherty (ikey) wrote :

Hi, thank you for reporting this issue!
Please confirm whether you have the following package installed:
    apt-xapian-index
This is required to use the Quick Search functionality of Synaptic.
Please also confirm whether package was removed by yourself
or never present on the original ISO.

Thank you

Changed in linuxmint:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete

It is not installed and I did not remove it manually. I think it was not
present in the original ISO. Is there any package which it has dependencies
with it which might have contributed to its inadvertent removal? Fwiw, I
manually removed Openoffice Base, GIMP, Thunderbird, Rhythmbox, Gwibber,
GKRellM and then did a "sudo autoremove --purge" after that.

One more thing I just discovered...this problem is not there in the 32-bit
LMDE version which I recently installed on an older (P4) machine...

Arun

On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM, Ikey Doherty <email address hidden>wrote:

> Hi, thank you for reporting this issue!
> Please confirm whether you have the following package installed:
> apt-xapian-index
> This is required to use the Quick Search functionality of Synaptic.
> Please also confirm whether package was removed by yourself
> or never present on the original ISO.
>
> Thank you
>
> ** Changed in: linuxmint
> Importance: Undecided => Low
>
> ** Changed in: linuxmint
> Status: New => Incomplete
>
> --
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
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> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/702886
>
> Title:
> Quick Search in Synaptic Package Manager is greyed out - LMDE 64 bit
>
> Status in The Linux Mint Distribution:
> Incomplete
>
> Bug description:
> Have been a long time Mint user and wanna start out by thanking you
> guys for a great distro.
>
> I recently installed the December 2010 release, 64 bit LMDE on a
> Lenovo T400 laptop. Found that the Synaptic Package Manager has the
> "Quick Search" filter greyed out. I can still press the "search"
> button and initiate searches but the "Quick Search" filter is
> inaccessible.
>
> Fwiw, I have /boot in a different partition, / in a separate partition
> and I dual boot with Vista 32 bit using the Vista bootloader + EasyBCD
> + GRUB (which has been written to the /boot partition).
>
> Have used both the menu shortcut and the terminal to open up Synaptic
> and both have same results - Quick search greyed out.
>
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Justin Krehel (jkrehel) wrote :

After testing, it appears this package is installed on the 32-bit iso by default, but not present on the 64-bit iso. Installing apt-xapian-index on 64-bit enables the quick search in Synaptic.

The 64-bit build should be updated to include apt-xapian-index where possible to enable quick search functionality in Synaptic. I will milestone this for the next release of LMDE.

- Justin

Changed in linuxmint:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
assignee: nobody → Ikey Doherty (ikey)
milestone: none → lmde-upcoming

On Ubuntu 10.04LTS:
Rebuilding Xapian index... 73%
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/sbin/update-apt-xapian-index", line 720, in <module>
    buildIndex(dbdir, addons, progress)
  File "/usr/sbin/update-apt-xapian-index", line 395, in buildIndex
    db.add_document(get_document(pkg, addons))
  File "/usr/sbin/update-apt-xapian-index", line 298, in get_document
    addon.obj.index(document, pkg)
  File "/usr/share/apt-xapian-index/plugins/apttags.py", line 106, in index
    rec = ver.record
  File "/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/apt/package.py", line 389, in record
    return Record(self._records.record)
SystemError: Negative size passed to PyString_FromStringAndSize

Marshall Kelly (mfandbk) wrote :

I have just loaded LMDE 64 bit. I have the same problem. apt-xapian-index was not loaded. I loaded it with synaptic package manager. The area is still greyed out and non operational. Marshall

Marshall Kelly (mfandbk) wrote :

After my previous post I went back to synaptic and found that it now works. I guess I did not wait long enough for it to take effect. Marshall

Tom Pino (metalsmith-rangeweb) wrote :

I marked this as effecting me. It does.

I thought it was a feature enhancement that I liked very well.

Can't stand the thing, always thought it a waste of space.

Obviously there are folks that do not agree with me.

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