[2012-11-23] Poor Searching with GridFieldAddExistingAutocompleter #595

silverstripe-issues opened this Issue Apr 3, 2013 · 1 comment


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created by: gordonbanderson
created at: 2012-11-23
original ticket: http://open.silverstripe.org/ticket/8044

I'm just playing with GridFieldAddExistingAutocompleter for the first time and was confused by the searching. After adding some logging I have got to the bottom of what is going on.

My fields, for a Link object, are

Title: varchar
URL: varchar
Description: HTML

When I search for say 'BBC' a search is done for BBC% in each of Title, URL, or Description to find a match. However this does not work in 2 or the 3 cases above:

  1. URLs start with http
  2. Free text cannot be searched for in the description as the search term would have to start with a


Would it not be better to use free text searching here rather than poor SQL character start matching?


Filters used are customisable.

@simonwelsh simonwelsh closed this Mar 16, 2014
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