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Bug 1837 - Search all languages
Search all languages
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
lucene-search-2 (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 11 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: crosswiki, i18n
: 1640 10044 22420 47484 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-04-07 03:44 UTC by Brian Jason Drake
Modified: 2014-01-03 15:58 UTC (History)
18 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Brian Jason Drake 2005-04-07 03:44:06 UTC
It is currently not possible to search all languages 
unless you search through an external search engine, but I 
don't think most people realise how this works, and the 
convenient links to other search engines won't be 
available once we get the new database servers.

I show below an unsigned comment that came from 
[[Meta:Wikimedia site feedback]]:

Today I was looking for "Kalignost" which happens to be a 
german brandname for tetraphenylborate. The english 
language search didn't come up with anything, not even 
links to "other languages" ... with reference to the 
previous point, I would think this could be helpful ...
Comment 1 Brian Jason Drake 2005-04-07 03:45:02 UTC
And here's the section that was immediately above that on 
[[Meta:Wikimedia site feedback]]:

== word count for wikipedia "other languages" links? ==
I can read a few languages fluently and make sense of quite some 
more, so I find the "other languages" links quite useful. However, 
if there is a range of other language articles available, all 
different, of course, it becomes hard to judge which ones bear 
looking at. How hard would it be to append a word count to the links?

:Hi. I suggest that you discuss such features on wikitech- We hope that one day we could choose the languages 
to see in our preferences. Thanks. [[User:Anthere|Anthere]] 18:38, 1 
Mar 2005 (UTC)
Comment 2 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-10-06 09:23:03 UTC
related topics?:
bug 1837: Search all languages
bug 1640: add title searching across all wikis
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2005-10-06 22:54:18 UTC
*** Bug 1640 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2005-10-06 22:55:32 UTC
Might be possible by restructuring the lucene index; currently we have a 
separate index for each wiki, but in theory we could roll them all together and 
key on some group / language fields to restrict to single wikis or allow 
searching a bunch.

Not sure how feasible this is, but might experiment with it.
Comment 5 Melancholie 2006-03-13 23:23:14 UTC
Have a look on [[wikicities:Special:Search]] to see how this could work.
Comment 6 Melancholie 2006-03-13 23:33:49 UTC
Hmm, working link:
Comment 7 P.Copp 2008-10-20 11:27:46 UTC
*** Bug 10044 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Petr Částek 2009-05-05 13:38:45 UTC
I suggest to add combobox with English, German, All language, optionally Current Language to a Search result page, and optionally to a search box in the left menu bar such as.
<div id="p-search" class="portlet">
		<h5><label for="searchInput">Search</label></h5>
		<div id="searchBody" class="pBody">
			<form action="/w/index.php" id="searchform"><div>
				<input type='hidden' name="title" value="Special:Search"/>
				<input id="searchInput" name="search" type="text" title="Search Wikipedia [f]" accesskey="f" value="" />
				<input type='submit' name="go" class="searchButton" id="searchGoButton"	value="Go" title="Go to a page with this exact name if one exists" />&nbsp;
				<input type='submit' name="fulltext" class="searchButton" id="mw-searchButton" value="Search" title="Search Wikipedia for this text" />
Comment 9 fences_and_windows 2010-06-19 02:21:26 UTC
I don't seem to be able to vote, but as I signed up to Bugzilla especially... I vote for this!
Comment 10 Armbrust 2012-06-22 11:55:10 UTC
There was a discussion between October and December last year about multilingual search at the Village Pump/Proposal of the en.Wikipedia (now archived there: There was a clear consensus to enable this feature for registered users on an opt-in basis.
Comment 11 Andre Klapper 2013-04-22 09:14:05 UTC
*** Bug 22420 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 12 Andre Klapper 2013-04-22 09:14:14 UTC
*** Bug 44038 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 13 Andre Klapper 2013-04-22 09:17:20 UTC
*** Bug 47484 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Chad H. 2013-10-23 18:06:34 UTC
WONTFIX for lsearchd. We already have bug 44420 tracking this in Cirrus.
Comment 15 Nemo 2013-10-23 18:37:28 UTC
(Thanks Chad for this bug triaging!)

(In reply to comment #14)
> WONTFIX for lsearchd. We already have bug 44420 tracking this in Cirrus.

Uh? How are they related? That's about sister projects, this about languages: that feature was used in Special:Search, this could be e.g. in the project portals.

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