Kapitel 10. Searching with Kerry


10.1. Searching Using Kerry
10.2. Configuring Kerry

Kerry is a KDE front-end for the Beagle search tool, which indexes your personal information space to help you find whatever you need. You can use Kerry to find documents, e-mails, Web history, IM/ITC conversations, source code, images, music files, applications, and much more.

Because Kerry is a front-end to Beagle, it needs the beagle daemon to be functional. Kerry and Beagle can now index many KDE-specific sources of information, such as Kopete conversations, Konqueror history, or KMail messages. The result is a smooth integration into the KDE environment through the Kerry interface. Find more about Beagle in GNOME User Guide.

10.1. Searching Using Kerry

To find data using the Kerry tool, follow these steps:

  1. Press Alt-Space to open the Kerry Beagle Search window. Alternatively, open the search window by left-clicking on the Kerry applet icon (a dog's head) in the system tray.

  2. Enter the term to find in Search. To quickly clear the previously entered text, press the black arrow on the left.

    The search is case insensitive. It does not matter whether you use uppercase or lowercase characters. To search for optional terms, use the OR keyword (in uppercase). For example, Mars OR Venus finds all data containing any occurrence of Mars, Venus, or both. To exclude search terms, use a minus symbol (–) in front of them. For example, Mars -Venus finds all data containing any occurrence of Mars but without any occurrence of Venus. To search for an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotes. If you want to include only certain file type in results, specify the filename extension with ext:. For example, Mars ext:xml finds xml files containing Mars.

  3. Select the scope of the search in the Show section of the right panel. To search all the indexed content, choose Everything. However, you can limit the search only to indexed Applications, Contacts, Office documents, instant messenger Conversations, Images, Media files, Web pages, or File/Path names by clicking the appropriate item in the panel. You can change the scope before or after the search is performed.

    Change the sort order of results in the Sort By section of the right panel. To sort results by type, click Type. Sorting by Date, Name, and Relevance is also possible. You can change the sort order before or after the search is completed.

    You can limit the results by date of last modification. To show all results regardless of the date of the last modification, click Any Date in the right panel. You can show items modified today, since yesterday, this week, month, or year by clicking the appropriate item in the right panel. You can change this before or after the search is performed.

  4. Press Enter or click the icon to the right of the search field to start the search. Results are displayed in the main area of the window.

Results are displayed in a window, sorted according to your settings. Click any item to activate it. To open a folder containing a found file instead of the file itself, click the name of the folder to the right of the filename. To display more information about an item, click the icon with the i on the left.

You can change the scope of the search, sort order, or limitation by date at any time by clicking appropriate item in the panel on the right.

Use Previous results and Next results to move between pages of the result list. The number of items found is shown in the bottom part of the window.