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Author Topic: [Feature Request] Option to start search after x chars have been typed.  (Read 1574 times)

bastik

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Some users describe a slow display of results and/or an hanging of FARR when they start searching. Especially with just two characters.  To work around it FARR could be extended with an option to start looking for results after a certain amount of characters have been entered.

Example: Start search after 3 entered characters. (Where three can be changed by the user)
"Fi" won't return any result
"Fir" would return "Firefox, Firewall, Firmware, etc)

This reduces the disk access and maybe the load on CPU and memory.

As exception to setting it could be treated as default or set by the user:
- Unless it's an modifier or an alias (so +DC would still return something)

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Re: [Feature Request] Option to start search after x chars have been typed.
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 11:27:32 AM »
It's a very good idea.. but like most good ideas, someone raised it earlier :)

You'll find an option in FARR to do this in a more gradual behavior:
Screenshot - 2_26_2012 , 11_23_50 AM.png

Basically, when enabled, the fewer characters the longer the delay before it starts searching.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.  Perhaps I could add some more tweaking options for it, so user can adjust delay time.

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Re: [Feature Request] Option to start search after x chars have been typed.
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 01:24:36 PM »
Thank you, I even looked at that settings page. I will look into it.

Maybe running multiple times and look for differences between on and off. I should watch the video first to ensure i don't miss anything else.