Behavior change in Synaptic

jim jf_byrnes at
Fri Jan 6 01:11:47 UTC 2017

On 01/05/2017 06:54 PM, sktsee wrote:
> On Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:29:49 -0600, jim wrote:
>> In 14.04 I could click Status-->Installed then do a search for say {uno}
>> and it would return a list showing just the 4 uno packages I had
>> installed.
>> In 16.04 if I do the same thing I will get a list of what looks like all
>> uno related packages available. If I scroll through them I see the same
>> 4 packages installed.
>> Is there maybe something I set in 14.04 that needs to be set in 16.04
>> that I forgot about. I compared the settings I have between the 2
>> versions and I don't see any differences.
>> I am moving from a clean install of 14.04 to a clean install of 16.04
>> and it sure would be easier to compare what I had installed in 14.04 to
>> what is in 16.04 if I could just focus on installed packages in 16.04
>> instead having to scroll through all packages matching a search
>> criteria.
> Are you referring to the "Quick Filter" box or the "Search for
> Packages" (button with magnifying glass) search? If its the former you
> need to make sure that you've installed the apt-xapian-index package in
> order to get the "Quick Filter" box to show up in Synaptic.


  I see the "Quick Filter" box was in 14.04 but not 16.04. I noticed 
that it was missing but just thought it had be redesigned. I installed 
the apt-xapian-index package and now 16.04 works just like 14.04. I 
don't remember hearing about apt-xapian-index before and don't remember 
installing it, but I must have or 14.04 would not have the "Quick Filter".

Thanks a lot for the advice. Having the quick filter is going to be a 
big help getting 16.04 setup the way I want it.

Regards,  Jim

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