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Re: Suggestion: add a "no-stemming" option to apropos(1)?

On Thu, Jun 08, 2017 at 12:51:32PM +0800, Paul Goyette wrote:
> I'm continually bitten by the "stemming" that occurs.  Today's example
> is an attempt to find all the man pages that refer to file system lfs.
> Using "apropos lfs" returns more than 120 entries, complete with their
> associated context!  The vast majority of those entries are really for
> "lf" (in either upper- or lower-case), and have no relation to lfs the
> file system!
> Would it be unreasonable to add a no-stem option to apropos(1)?

It's not that easy as it would require building a complete second FTS
index. The better approach I think is to just build a black list of
words that shouldn't be stemmed.


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