Catfish search result: Fatal error, search was aborted

John Hupp lubuntu at
Sat Sep 8 16:16:32 UTC 2012

Further testing shows that I need to both correct and expand my post.

My previous little test with find was not quite to the point. And with 
both find and Catfish, it seems not to be a question of whether a match 
is found, but of permissions to search specified directories.

When find tries to search folders outside the home directory, it 
generates "permission denied" errors.  If I start find as root, the 
search proceeds without error.

And when Catfish tries to search folders outside the home directory, it 
generates "Fatal error, search was aborted."  If I start Catfish as 
root, it proceeds without error.

So since Catfish is just a front-end for find/locate, I see that indeed, 
this is just Catfish translating find/locate results for permissions issues.


But as a longtime Windows user, I don't expect to see errors such as 
Catfish generates above, and I do expect to be able to search easily 
outside the home directory.

In Ubuntu, Nautilus achieves those kinds of results.

But I suppose Nautilus is not light.  Nonetheless I would like to be 
able to get similar results in Lubuntu without having to resort to the 
command line or terminal.

That brings this newbie into unfamiliar waters: How can I configure 
Catfish so that it always runs with root privileges?

On 9/8/2012 3:49 AM, leszek.lesner at wrote:
> You could be really the only one experiencing the bug. My guess 
> currently, it fails because it cannot go in specific directories as 
> you did not start catfish as root.
> Is there any error when you use find or locate from the terminal and 
> perform the same search ?
> If yes then you figured out its not a catfish bug in general but 
> rather a normal behavior.
> --
> Von meinem Nokia N9 gesendet
> John Hupp schrieb am 08.09.12 02:42:
> In the Lubuntu documentation, Catfish is the currently recommended GUI 
> search tool.
> But after installing it, on my very first search attempt (looking for 
> boot-repair, with search starting in the root), it generated the 
> result error "Fatal error, search was aborted."
> It does this when using either the Find or Locate backend.  In testing 
> to date, it seems to display this error in the results pane whenever 
> it cannot find a match.
> Playing around with Find directly (I'm still a newbie), when it cannot 
> find a match, it simply shows no result. So on the face of it, this 
> would seem to be a bug with the current version.
> I can't be only one to have noticed this.  Is there a solution?

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