Integration with libcolumbus for error tolerant matching

Bug #1207090 reported by Ari on 2013-07-31
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Synapse
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Tom Beckmann

Bug Description

I've been using Synapse for a while now and I love it for its low footprint on memory, speed and expandability. One feature I'd like to see, though, is more error tolerant or "fuzzy" matching between search terms and application/file entries.

As of Ubuntu 13.04, Unity now comes with libcolumbus, a "fast approximate matching library" which is introduced in this blog post by Ubuntu developer Jussi Pakkanen: http://voices.canonical.com/jussi.pakkanen/2012/12/03/introducing-libcolumbus-a-fast-online-approximate-matching-library/

As you can see in [this video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89VIpcK-Wfw) libcolumbus is capable of matching misspelled phrases like 'fierfox' or 'gdetit' to their respective launchers with ease.

I feel that the integration of this library, if technically feasible of course, could greatly enhance the user experience with Synapse launcher.

Thank you for reading this.

Ari (ari-lp) on 2013-07-31
description: updated
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assignee: nobody → Tom Beckmann (tombeckmann)
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