What search features does Nabble provide?

Nabble allows many flavors of specific search.


Your search What will search results show
hello world Messages with both hello and world
"hello world" Messages with the phrase hello world
hello OR world Messages with either hello or world
hello AND world Messages with hello and world; same as entering hello world
"hello world" lucene Messages with both the phrase hello world and lucene
hello NOT world Messages that have hello, but do not have world
("hello world" lucene) OR apache Messages with either both hello world and lucene, or apache
lucene NOT "hello world" Messages with lucene, but not the phrase hello world
hello* Messages that have words that begin with hello. For example, hello, helloworld, and hellooooooo. * is a wildcard and matches 0 or more characters.
par? Messages that have words such as park, part, para, and so forth. ? is a 1-character wildcard and matches 1 and only 1 character.
subject:"hello world" Messages with the phrase hello world in its subject only.
subject:(hello world) Messages with hello and world in its subject only. Note the use of () to groups words together, rather than "" which denote a phrase.
message:"hello world" Messages with the phrase hello world in its message body only.
author:"Erik Hatcher" Messages of Erik Hatcher only.
roam~ Messages with foam, roam, and so forth. In essence, messages that match or sound like roam.

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 Searches

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:

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:

If you don't specify the type of search, it will search all -- message, subject, author.

Wildcard Searches

Nabble allows you to do both single and multiple character wildcard searches.

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.

Fuzzy Searches

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.

Proximity Searches

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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