Behavior change in Synaptic

sktsee sktseer at
Fri Jan 6 02:24:45 UTC 2017

On Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:11:47 -0600, jim wrote:

> 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.
> sktsee,
>   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.

It's a :Recommends dependency for Ubuntu Software Center so I think it 
might have been part of the default desktop install for 14.04. Of course 
16.04 has software-center also, so I'm not sure why it wasn't installed 
automatically. Glad it works for you.


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