What search features does Nabble provide?
Nabble allows many flavors of specific search.
- You can search entire Nabble (with the help of Google Search).
- You can search within an application (e.g., forum, photo gallery, newspaper, blog) to include all subcategories below.
- You can narrow your search result by date.
- You can search messages by user. Click a user name link to go to the user's profile page, search from there. Then you can narrow your search result by date, by category, or by both.
- Nabble search supports keyword stemming, i.e. search, searching, searched, searches...
||What will search results show
Search Using Words or Phrases
You may search Nabble using a single-word (e.g., "test" or "hello") or use a group of words or a phrase surrounded by double quotes (e.g., "hello dolly"). When searching by a group of words or a phrase, Nabble will return only those items that have both the words present.
Boolean operators allow combining of search terms using logical operators such as AND, OR, and NOT. Please note that the Boolean operators must be all caps as in the examples below:
- To search for documents that contain "debian linux" and "java" use: "debian linux" AND java
- To search for documents that contain either "jetty" or "resin" use: jetty OR resin
- To search for documents that contain "linux" but not "kernel" use: linux NOT kernel
- To search for documents that contain "lucene" or "nutch" but not "apache" use: (lucene OR nutch) NOT apache
Search Messages, Subjects, Authors
You can limit your search to either the message text, the subject of the message, the author name, the name of the forum, and/or the topic of the discussion by using the syntax shown in examples below:
- subject:"lord of the rings" message:film
- author:"doug cutting" message:lucene
If you don't specify the type of search, it will search all -- message, subject, author.
Nabble allows you to do both single and multiple character wildcard searches.
- To perform a single character wildcard search use the "?" symbol. The single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for "text" or "test" you can use: te?t
- To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "*" symbol. Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for photo, photography, photographer, you can use: photo*
- You can also use the wildcard searches in the middle of a term.
Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search. Also if your wildcard search will result in too many matches, it cannot be processed.
To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, "~", symbol at the end of a single word search. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to "roam" use the fuzzy search: roam~
This search will find terms like foam and roams.
Nabble supports proximity search -- that is, finding words that are a within a specific distance away from each other. To do a proximity search use the tilde, "~", symbol at the end of a Phrase. For example to search for a "apache" and "jakarta" within 10 words of each other in a document use: "jakarta apache"~10
If you still have questions, visit Nabble Help or the Nabble Support forum.
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