Lightroom: Text filtering problems with "Starts With"

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I used to use the "Text" option in the Library Filter in Grid mode to select photographs that needed renaming. I used the "Filename" "Starts With" option. It used to filter only files whose file name started with the text that I put into the search box. Now it appears to find any file that has the text in the file name, not just at the beginning. It seems to be looking at the beginning of every word in the file name. I think I first noticed this when Version 3 came out, but it might have been before that.
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Posted 8 years ago

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Louis Sherwin

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This is another example of the inconsistent and strange behavior with string matching in Lightroom. Hopefully now that the new rendering engine was finished in version 3. The developers can really work on cleaning up and enhancing the DAM functionality.
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I was able to reproduce this, and have filed a bug.
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Two more reports of the same problem with "filename starts with / ends with" treating filenames as punctuation-separated words:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
(see the post on 6/30/14)
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Robert Bethune

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I'm still seeing the exact same issue in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, the 2016 version. In other words, this problem continues to exist five years after it was first reported and confirmed by Adobe staff. Isn't it about time action was taken?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled A search bug in Lightroom 5?.

I believe I have discovered a bug in Adode Photoshop Lightroom 5. When I am using the Search function in the Library Module and I choose "Filename" and "Starts With," Lightroom treats it as a "contains" search instead. The attached file shows I was searching for "RR13 Kropp" (with a space between). But some of the thumbnails shown are for files called "RR13 Bill Keith Kropp..." Seems like Lightroom should have not shown the Bill Keith files when "Starts With" is chosen.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LR 4.4 RC1 Still has "starts with" bug in smart collections.

LR 4.4 RC1 Still has starts with bug. When creating a smart collection for example if you filter on filename starts with 20 for example it selects any filename that starts with 20 in position 1 and 2 which would be correct but also includes any file that contains anywhere a space followed by 20. It is like starts with means any word (words separated by spaces) starts with. I have 56 files that start with 20 and 6000 plus more that have a date after the first position that begins "space" 20. The file 2012-10-01-Sunny.jpg should be selected but Sunny 2012-10-01.jpg should not. This forum documents this bug back to LR3 and acknowledges a bug tracker.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Filename in lib filters and smart collections - commas in filenames sh....

if you search for photos whose filenames end with G, it'll match not only JPG and JPEG extensions, but also

PLUG,DRAIN.TIF

since commas are treated as separator instead of data.

I'm used to spaces being treated as separators, but comma too?

If not a handling option, at least some documentation or something..

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This bug appears to have been sliently fixed in the past three years.  Tested on LR 8.3.1 / Mac OS 10.14.5.