I recently installed Fedora 23 on an old PC for a friend who wanted a basic office machine. Everything works fine, but the feature they really need is file search in a Windows (Samba) shared directory.

I've successfully mounted the shared directory in Nautilus (Gnome Files) but searching doesn't work in that directory: it always returns zero results. Is this a bug in Nautilus or do I need to enable some indexing feature in order to get search working?

The end-user is not familiar with the Linux command-line, so any solution must be GUI-based, ideally within Nautilus. If another GUI is used, it should run on Fedora 23 (in Gnome).

  • FYI I worked around this issue by using BitTorrent Sync. This works because the synced folder is a local folder like any other, so it isn't restricted to non-recursive searching like a network folder is. I'm leaving this as a comment rather than an answer because it's a work-around and not a solution. – Allan Lewis Nov 25 '15 at 21:56

Try to make a search starting from /run/user/$UID/gvfs.


You can have that share under her/his "Risorse" section:

I believe PCManFM is less sophisticated than Nautilus.

  • Sorry, that isn't a good solution for me. Personally, I would take that approach, but the user here isn't so computer-literate and wouldn't want to use the terminal. I don't mind if the solution involves some app other than Nautilus, but ideally I'd just like to get Nautilus's search working. – Allan Lewis Nov 12 '15 at 15:45
  • Can't you open that position from Nautilus? Replace $UID variable with that particular user ID; maybe you can bookmark it on the file manager for recurrent use – SΛLVΘ Nov 12 '15 at 16:31
  • @AllanLewis - You should indicate that in your question. – Ramhound Nov 12 '15 at 16:58
  • @Ramhound I've edited my question. – Allan Lewis Nov 12 '15 at 17:03

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