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Topic: How does the foobar search work? (Read 453 times) previous topic - next topic
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How does the foobar search work?

I am puzzled by the results that pop up when I search for something on foobar. For example I searched for 'Beethoven Symphony No. 5', the top most results don't match that: https://i.imgur.com/Et5ydJb.png

Does foobar look for ANYTHING that could match the search? Like if the number 5 is located anywhere in the metadata?

Because the Kempe didn't even have Beethoven tagged as a composer: https://pastebin.com/BU1Xfs2L It had five tracks, the title 'symphony no.' Is that why is it matched?

Re: How does the foobar search work?

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Reply #2
Currently the search uses all available data such as contents of the tags and actual file path. Beethoven is mentioned in the album title and all the other search terms are present in the file path.

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Is there a way to search ONLY file name and title?

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You can try with quotation marks to search for a string of several words: "Beethoven Symphony No. 5"

Make your titles consistent, so that there aren't any variations, such as No.5 without a space.

Or click the help button to read about "query syntax". This way you can match specific fields. For example: TITLE HAS Beethoven

It's more to type and the sytax is easily forgotten.

Re: How does the foobar search work?

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Is there a way to search ONLY file name and title?

%filename% HAS searchstring OR %title% HAS searchstring . https://wiki.hydrogenaud.io/index.php?title=Foobar2000:Query_syntax and the title-formatting reference link in the second line.

Be aware that the "Advanced" settings has an option to enable/disable asymmetric search. A very useful feature that may be confusing if you don't know how it works.
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