When you install Synaptic from Ubuntu repository, perhaps you'll find the Search Bar is missing on the toolbar. It's the same when you do it in another GNU/Linux distro that does not bring Synaptic preinstalled. The problem is because apt-xapian-index package is not installed and configured. Here is the solution.

Solution


Run these command lines:
sudo apt-get install apt-xapian-index
sudo update-apt-xapian-index --verbose --force 

This picture shows what those commands doing:




Before

 

There is no Search Bar. You must click the magnifier icon first then type the keyword.


After 

 

The Search Bar is ready.



PS: I did this article on Trisquel 8 Alpha "Flidas".


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