Content searching fast vs. slow

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Content searching fast vs. slow

Post by Zulith » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:22 pm

I've seen the topic of content searching come up alot recently on the forum particular with some of the nice changes being added that help aid it. It's a really great feature, and I would like to continue seeing improvements for it (full content indexing for specified folders would be nice)

I'm not sure if this is a bug or my error but here we go:

I have a folder full of txt, html, and rtf documents. Entire folder is only 20mb or so, but about 1000 documents. I want to be able to search the contents of them. No non-document formats are in the folder.

In everything, if I select the Everything filter, and search like so:

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m:\txtdocuments\ content:computer
it turns up all the results pretty fast, and pretty much the same results Windows search gives me. search finishes in seconds.

But if I create a new Filter

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Name: txtdocuments
Search: m:\txtdocuments\
and then perform the same content:computer using this filter I do the same search... it takes forever and sometimes doesn't finish at all. why is that?

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Re: Content searching fast vs. slow

Post by void » Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:54 pm

Thanks for the bug report.

Filters are applied last, so unfortunately, Everything is searching for content in all your files before checking for m:\txtdocuments\.

This will be addressed in the next major version of Everything.

For now, I suggest trying filter macros:
  • In Everything, from the Search menu, click Organize filters....
  • Select your txtdocuments filter and click Edit....
  • Change Macro to: txt
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK.
Now when you search for txt: it will be replaced with your txtdocuments filter's search.

For example:
txt: content:computer

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