Quicksearch features: treatment of search terms




Query/Bug List
14 years ago
5 years ago


(Reporter: Andreas Franke (gone), Unassigned)


(Blocks: 1 bug)




14 years ago
See bug 234464 for the context of this bug.

This is about how ordinary search terms (e.g. words) are handled by the Search

Google behaviour (see http://www.google.com/help/basics.html ):

Google finds occurrences of the _word_ anywhere in the document.

* Automatic "and" Queries

  Google returns pages that include all of the search terms (words). 
  There is no need to include "and" between terms.
  To restrict a search further, just include more terms.

* Capitalization

  Google searches are not case sensitive.

* Word Variations (Stemming)

  Google now uses stemming technology. Thus, when appropriate, it will search
  not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some 
  or all of those terms. Any variants of your terms that were searched for will
  be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.

* Automatic Exclusion of Common Words

  Google ignores common words and characters, as well as certain single digits
  and single letters. In this case, Google will indicate it on the results page.

  Words can be forced to be included by prefixing them with "+", or with
  a phrase search, i.e. putting quotation marks around two or more words. 

Quicksearch (see http://www.squarefree.com/bugzilla/quicksearch-help.html ):

Quicksearch finds occurrences of the given string as a _substring_ in any of the
following fields of a bug: summary, status whiteboard, product, component, and
in some cases also url.  Description & comments are not searched by default.

* Automatic "and" Queries

  same as Google

* Capitalization

  same as Google

* Word Variations (Stemming)

  Not directly applicable due to the use of substring matching.  If you do the
  stemming yourself before entering the search terms, you should get all the
  results you get with Google-technology, and some more.

* Automatic Exclusion of Common Words
  This not done directly because it does not seem to be necessary.  There are
  however some conditions to exclude product / component fields from the search:
  - if a word is too short, i.e. less than three characters
  - if it is mentioned on a special blacklist defined by the bugzilla maintainer

  product/component can still be searched by using a prefix (e.g. product:).
If we use MySQL's fulltext search feature we're limited to the features it
supports, but fortunately it does everything mentioned in this bug, although
stemming requires boolean-mode searches, which we haven't enabled yet because
they only work in MySQL 4.0, and we're still supporting 3.23.

Comment 2

14 years ago
One last thing that seems to belong here: Quicksearch uses #foo to express the
condition that a summary "contains the word" foo instead of just the substring.
I suspect that such #foo terms are handled similar as in a fulltext search
limited to summaries, but I'm not sure.


12 years ago
QA Contact: mattyt-bugzilla → default-qa


11 years ago
Priority: -- → P4


8 years ago
Assignee: afranke → ui


7 years ago
Assignee: ui → query-and-buglist
Component: User Interface → Query/Bug List
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