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Title: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 02, 2015, 06:26:45 PM
Hi, I'm on a Mac running Yosemite 10.10.3 and qBT 3.1.12. qBT appears to run fine except for the search function, which never produces any results. I'm quite sure there are no missing components as search works fine at my work. They don't allow me to download anything though so that's of no use. What could be the cause of this and how do I fix it?
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 02, 2015, 08:32:40 PM
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What could be the cause of this

Your home ISP is blocking the torrent indexing sites that are being searched.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 02, 2015, 09:48:05 PM
Is there any way to test this? I'm in the UK and some of the usual suspects are blocked by law, but why would it work at my work place then?
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 02, 2015, 11:57:13 PM
Depends who the provider is.

As far as I am aware BT are not redirecting torrent sites on their business broadband and fractional leased lines, only the retail lines are redirecting the specified site.

O2 broadband (now operated by Sky), Sky, Virgin Media, Talk Talk, EE, Orange, Zen Internet all do but Plus Net being a "smaller ISP" currently are exempted from the court order that was 'adjusted' and applied in Nov 2014.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: sledgehammer_999 on May 03, 2015, 12:51:09 AM
Have you python installed?
Have you enabled all search engines?
Do you search with a really common name(to produce results)?
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 04, 2015, 03:34:04 PM
Python? not sure. I do have all search engines enabled and I tried searching a really common name that should produce lots of hits. My provider is Sky.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 04, 2015, 05:08:41 PM
Python is a script language that needs to be installed on your computer before the search plugins work.

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My provider is Sky.
Sky reroute ALL requests for the majority of torrent indexing sites to http://blocked.nb.sky.com/ so you will not get any search results for any sites other than http://ligittorrents.info, http://www.mininova.org/ and a couple of others.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 05, 2015, 10:32:36 AM
OK, but shouldn't at least the engines you mentioned that are not blocked by Sky return results? I really do get nothing at all.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 05, 2015, 02:25:28 PM
Only if there are any results from them. And if you are searching for content or material that is subject to copyright, those two will probably not have any results to display.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 05, 2015, 11:30:18 PM
OK, it looks like I just won't be able to use qBT at home then. Thanks for the info though.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 06, 2015, 01:40:55 PM
Being on Sky Broadband doesn't stop me using qbittorrent at all.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: sledgehammer_999 on May 06, 2015, 03:00:22 PM
Do the same sites work from the browser? If yes, then the problem is with qbt
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 06, 2015, 04:39:32 PM
Do the same sites work from the browser?

They don't/won't
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Argo on May 07, 2015, 12:10:13 AM
Did you try changing your DNS? Use those of Google: https://developers.google.com/speed/public-dns/docs/using
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 07, 2015, 12:27:30 PM
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Did you try changing your DNS?
I never use ISP DNS servers, but it is not  DNS where the sites are re-routed, if it were that easy to 'hijack' a URL through third party DNS servers every hijacker on the planet would be redirecting Amazon, eBay etc.

The redirection is done through Sky's Border Gateway routers using packet capture and rewriting.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 14, 2015, 03:40:33 AM
OK, I tried mininova using a web browser and it worked. Guess this means there's some problem with qBT. So what do I do now to sort this out?
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 14, 2015, 03:48:58 AM
In addition I just noticed that qBT's connection status indicates that I don't have any direct connections.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 14, 2015, 12:23:17 PM
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Guess this means there's some problem with qBT
Not necessarily

What version?
What OS?
Is Python installed?

And by "Search" ... ... Which "Search" function are you referring to?

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In addition I just noticed that qBT's connection status indicates that I don't have any direct connections.
You should 'fix' that.

There are more than enough threads explaining the 'how' to save me cluttering up the place with another one.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 14, 2015, 02:20:44 PM
now it's version 3.2, but it was 3.1.x until yesterday with the same problems.
Mac OS X 10.10.3
Python? Not sure if it's installed. How can I find out? However, as I mentioned before the search works at my workplace (but they block any downloads), so nothing essential can be missing.
I'm referring to the search tab / binocular icon that's used to find torrents. At work I get some 1300 hits whereas at home I get nothing using the same search term.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 14, 2015, 02:40:00 PM
As said earlier in the thread, your home ISP is redirecting those sites so the request does not go to any  where that can return any results .

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At work I get some 1300 hits whereas at home
Is this the same machine in both locations?

To test for Python. Open a terminal window, type python --version <return>

The above is unnecessary  if the answer to the question posed above the above is yes.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 14, 2015, 04:40:26 PM
Yes it's the same machine in both places. qBT used to work at home with Sky as the internet provider in the past as well though and you said yourself that Sky doesn't prevent you from using qBT? Also I could load and use Mininova at home using a web browser.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 14, 2015, 06:56:59 PM
Yes it's the same machine in both places. qBT used to work at home with Sky as the internet provider in the past as well though and you said yourself that Sky doesn't prevent you from using qBT? Also I could load and use Mininova at home using a web browser.

Yeah but that was to your blanket statement of;

OK, it looks like I just won't be able to use qBT at home then.

It's only the 'in client' search that you can't use at home.

I don't have any problems with Sky blocking these sites because I don't use any of the indexing sites that are likely to get blocked, I don't seed or download anything that is subject to copyright. and if I want to read the information that some of the blocked sites publish, I use the Tor Browser (http://torproject.org).

Getting around the UK ISPs blocking or redirecting sites only stops the average Internet user, if you know how many beans it takes to make five, .. .. It's nothing more than a mild irritation.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: Samoth on May 15, 2015, 12:48:58 AM
Alright, I searched at work then took the machine home and tried to download some files. It worked and the connection status now shows that I'm online. However, search still does not work at home. Does this really have nothing to do with bad settings/options on my side that I could change.
Title: Re: Search does not return any results
Post by: ciaobaby on May 15, 2015, 07:16:35 PM
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Does this really have nothing to do with bad settings/options on my side that I could change.
Absolutely nothing at all.