Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 31st Oct 2006 23:44 UTC
Windows "Today, I'd like to share with you a hidden gem inside of Windows Vista's search capabilities. It's a neat little feature that lets you build one saved search on top of another, and we call it Query Composition. Think composition in the mathematical sense, not in the context of writing an English paper. To explain this feature, I'd like to start by talking a bit about Libraries."
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Interesting...
by merkoth on Wed 1st Nov 2006 01:22 UTC
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2006-09-22

Well, I'm no Windows fan, but since I'm forced to deal with it on a daily basis I'm always open to powerful advanced features. From my point of view, and just like the author says, this isn't the kind of feature you might expect the average Windows user to take advantage of, but I'm sure it'll be as useful as hell for us "advanced users". It's a shame we're going to get a power toy to get the best of it, I'd like to have some kind of "Enable really advanced search" in the Vista standard UI.

It's not a ground breaking feature though, and it's not that different from any other tag-based search engine but it's a great enhancement to previous Windows search tools for sure.

Now I only hope that some clever coder makes something similar to this for GNU/Linux, but I really doubt so, since this seems to rely on filesystem-specific features. If someone can prove me wrong, you're welcome ;-)

Edited 2006-11-01 01:23

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RE: Interesting...
by Kitty on Wed 1st Nov 2006 04:50 in reply to "Interesting..."
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2005-10-01

Now I only hope that some clever coder makes something similar to this for GNU/Linux, but I really doubt so, since this seems to rely on filesystem-specific features. If someone can prove me wrong, you're welcome ;-)

Let's see if I can by standing on the shoulders of giants ;) Some time ago Robert Love wrote BeagleFS. a FUSE implementation that mounted Beagle's query results as run-of-the-mill directories, see
http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=15256
Once it's a directory of hard links, I can't see why it can't be again indexed and searched by Beagle just as any other directory, thus performing the same trick that the blog describes with plenty of screenshots.
So yes, it's a filesystem-specific feature, but thankfully dealing with filesystems is something *nixes do egregiously.
Small disclaimer: I never really tried out BeagleFS and I don't even know if it ever progressed past the prototype stage, but I'm pretty sure if there was interest in it, it could be fixed up quickly.

Edited 2006-11-01 04:53

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RE[2]: Interesting...
by jessta on Wed 1st Nov 2006 05:59 in reply to "RE: Interesting..."
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2005-08-17

I had that idea a while back. Due to my terrible coding skills I never did anything about it. I'm glad someone is.

For someone like me that spends a lot of time at the console mounted files searches is awesome.

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