back to article GitHub dumps frustrating code search engine for Rust-powered Blackbird

GitHub's reworked Rust-based code search engine entered general availability on Monday, promising faster, more comprehensive explorations of software repositories. The revision, dubbed Blackbird internally, has been three years in the making, and is part of the corporation's enduring effort to make text-based search techniques …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can I actually exclude old repos now?

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      No, that might be a useful function, so naturally that wasn't in the design plan. But look how fast you can search them!

  2. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

    Filter Criteria

    I'd like it to filter out projects with README.MDs along the lines of "XXX porn nude code refactoring AI ML next generation integrated component reusable hot cheap real estate sexy ..."

    1. Polite Failure

      Re: Filter Criteria

      Or the other spam repos which are just README.MDs

      That as well as the hundreds to thousands of projects that are copy-pastes of some original without being a repository fork (looking at you, untarred Linux kernels) or are "vendored" or unpacked packages.

  3. david 12 Silver badge

    Google abandoned the field

    When I was a child, I used Google to search the internet for code. (Code repositories used to live in files on http servers) But as Google gradually improved their algorithm, they excluded punctuation from their index. You can do 'exact match', but the information simply isn't there anymore. It's actually been years since I tried to do a code search using Google -- something I used to do frequently.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Anybody know if this might go open source?

    Because a fast,Rust based search index sounds like a great resource.

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