Synaptic question

Florian Diesch diesch at
Fri Dec 19 05:27:20 UTC 2008

Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at> wrote:

> Bart,
> Bart Silverstrim wrote:
>> Quick question - is there a difference between the apt database and the 
>> one used by Synaptic? I updated a fresh install, did the downloads, 
>> changed the software sources to match what my other workstation had, but 
>> when I did a "quick search" for openssh-server on the new one it didn't 
>> appear. My other workstation did have it appear.
> I've just started up Synaptic and above the search window it said
> 'rebuilding search index' and after about a minute this changed to
> 'Quick search'.
> So I think it uses the same database of packages but it may use a
> difference search index. I've no idea how to force it to update this.

'Quick search' uses another index (a fulltext index created by
update-apt-xapian-index) than the plain "Search" (which uses the
regular APT index)

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