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MediaWiki supports [[Wikipedia:full text search|full text search]]. The limitations of this feature is that it indexes only words longer than 3 characters. If you want to search for shorter words (1 to 3 characters) then a known workaround is to use [http://www.google.com/custom?domains=wiki.archlinux.org&sitesearch=wiki.archlinux.org Google]'s ''sitesearch'' feature. Enter your search items in the form and it will automatically search within ArchWiki.
 
MediaWiki supports [[Wikipedia:full text search|full text search]]. The limitations of this feature is that it indexes only words longer than 3 characters. If you want to search for shorter words (1 to 3 characters) then a known workaround is to use [http://www.google.com/custom?domains=wiki.archlinux.org&sitesearch=wiki.archlinux.org Google]'s ''sitesearch'' feature. Enter your search items in the form and it will automatically search within ArchWiki.
  

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Reason: Describe the internal search engine, including searching for exact phrases. (Discuss in Help talk:Searching#)

MediaWiki supports full text search. The limitations of this feature is that it indexes only words longer than 3 characters. If you want to search for shorter words (1 to 3 characters) then a known workaround is to use Google's sitesearch feature. Enter your search items in the form and it will automatically search within ArchWiki.

Of course, you can do the same manually by appending site:wiki.archlinux.org to Google searches:

your search items site:wiki.archlinux.org

This works fine, but it is not live. Google is indexing the ArchWiki every 1 to 3 days.