ignored paths and file patterns should not only be ignored while indexing but also when searching

Bug #144434 reported by Markus Kienast on 2007-09-24
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tracker (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: tracker-search-tool

Indexing preferences allow to define which paths and file patterns should be ignored when indexing. These settings only affect the indexer but not the search tool. When I want to ignore a directory, I also want to ignore it in the search tool. You have to consider, that indexing starts with standard settings and therefore indexes my whole home dir. Users start altering the settings later, when most of the dirs they don't want indexed are already indexed. They will be confused when files in dirs they just excludes show up in search results again.

For users indexer and search-tool are the same thing! So they need to respect the same settings. Everything else would be confusing.

P.S.: When ignore settings are changed, probably the indexes should be wiped clean of entries from those dirs as well - for security reasons.

Changed in tracker:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Markus Kienast (elias1884) wrote :

Somehow I still would consider this a bug. Since tracker is not behaving in the way, the user would expect it.

When I configure it to ignore a certain DIR, does not matter when, the DIR should be ignored.

Right now, it is now!

Markus Kienast (elias1884) wrote :

You can't expect me to delete the whole index (.tracker) and start indexing all over again!

Markus Kienast (elias1884) wrote :

Is there a convenient way to report this bug to upstream?

DavidGN (davidgn) wrote :

I agree - this should be labelled a 'bug' and not a 'wishlist'.

If I add my 'Music' folder to the ignore list, I don't expect or want to see music files still appearing in searches. I would expect that folders and files added to the ignore lists, would be purged from the index.

they are purged the next time you start Tracker in 0.6.4

can you confirm if this is the case?

DavidGN (davidgn) wrote :

OK, it all seems to be working much better in 0.6.6.

Also, when I added another file type to the ignore list, Tracker told me I needed to reindex and offered to do it for me - very nice. Performance seems to have improved a lot over the last couple of releases (although that could be other changes in 8.04).


Changed in tracker:
status: Unknown → Invalid
Changed in tracker:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Invalid → Expired

Confirming because it happens to several users.

Changed in tracker (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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