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Catalog configuration/slimming is tedious #57
Long-time Launchy user here. Starting up Keypirinha for the first time is a bit daunting: as with many similar task launchers, search throws up a huge number of unexpected or irrelevant files. Personally I always select just one folder to scan, where I throw all the necessary .lnk files - I hate to see garbage in my search results. It was rather tedious to find out how packages work/are configured to slim down the catalog. Eg. I still look out for how to disable the shipped web search engines (user's websearch.ini seemingly only allows to extend the list). Also there is seemingly no way to easily see the source of catalog items (to know what to disable or remove).
Perhaps it were a bit easier on the user when at the first launch there were some guidance where to search or which plugins to enable.
I know Keypirinha is made for advanced users, and the ini-based configs don't lend themselves well to guiding or easing this process. I know this issue is not too much focused, but I still think it's important to note how for a user, who's approach is to have the smallest possible catalog entries (not slimming down a big catalog over time, but starting from zero and then expanding it when needed) Keypirinha's setup is rather tedious.
Since an average user just does not mind about slimming/optimizing the catalog, your needs already are the needs of an advanced user. As such, you should understand that your needs are specific and that you'll have to take more time than the average user to understand how the tools you use work under the hood generally speaking. While Keypirinha is quite different by design compared to other desktop applications, which makes it a bit harder to approach admittedly, it is no exception to that rule.
As the developer and since Keypirinha is very generic, I had to make a choice about how the default configuration would be out of the box, trying to fit to the majority and trying to know who is the "average" user of KP.
On the other hand, as a user I would have had the exact same approach than yours (as I had with Launchy and other launchers I've been using before Keypirinha). For this reason I believe you made a good point and that there's a gap in the docs about that. So I will very probably add a chapter or a big section somewhere about building your catalog from scratch.
EDIT: The content of the following paragraph has been obsoleted by the addition of the
This is the very less obvious thing to do in your quest. To achieve that in a clean way, that is, a way that allows you to keep the upgrade process of KP easy, you should first disable the
@poisonborz To follow on your initial request regarding the predefined search sites, and in case you're still interested in the feature, a new