On trying to find some code that contains a (with the quotes included) "}" I did a search for code:"}" but that just search for a simple } as it takes the double quotes as some quoting mechanism (for which I can not find the description/rules/Howto).

Then I tried code:'"}"' for which I get backa page that states that the search term was:

Search options: code '"}"', not deleted

With no results. Then I though: Could it be outside of code sections?

So, I searched for '"}"'. And the reply was that

We couldn't find anything for '' "}"

I though: Why are the single quotes outside the quoted string? So, I tried: /Hello"}"World/

The reply was a list of some Hello World answers (yes, with the space). And the search reply had this: Results for /helloworld/ "}" at the start.

I though: Could it be better to quote the search? So I tried `"/Hello"}"World/" but the reply said:

Results for "/Hello" "World/"

The } got erased.

So: How could I search for the literal string "}" (with the quotes, yes) ?

  • There isn’t much documentation about code search on SE; for more general context, see Can I search for a quoted word? Oct 15, 2022 at 19:15
  • More wood to the same fire: The search box needs help. @StephenKitt Oct 15, 2022 at 22:03
  • Is the Search box a Unix & Linux thing, or a StackExchange thing? If the latter, this particular Meta might not be an effective channel to request change.
    – Sotto Voce
    Oct 15, 2022 at 23:32
  • @SottoVoce In the web page, the search box. The one up above the whole page. What would be an effective channel to request change, then ? Oct 16, 2022 at 1:45
  • @QuartzCristal I've only been on the StackExchange sites since June, so I'm not an expert. I merely noticed that the search box you're talking about is in the top bar (black color) with the StackExchange icon next to it, rather than in the part of the page labeled Unix&Linux. After a bit of poking around the SE site, I found meta.stackexchange.com which might be the right place (or might not). I recall an answer in this U&L Meta that pointed to an area where new features by the SE developers were announced. Perhaps that can lead to the best place for your question.
    – Sotto Voce
    Oct 16, 2022 at 17:17

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I don't know, but I have some pointers to more information that was a bit too much for a comment:

I believe that search is a core feature of the Stack Exchange software (nothing specific to U&L), so you may get better (more current, more informed) responses on Meta Stack Exchange.

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