Tutorials/gfind
Oh, so you want to learn gfind, eh?
Things to do first
If you haven't, go to the Compiling C Code tutorial first.
Basic gfind
Let's start by opening gfind, if you forgot how, here:
cd /C/gfind ./gfind
Now, you should see a line that says:
gfind 4.9, D. Eppstein, 20 August 2011 Rule (return for help):
If so, good, you've started up gfind. Now, try typing in the following:
b3/s23
That's the rule we are going to search. Now press enter, it should give a big list of "stuff" that looks like this:
Constructing c/2 edge filters... found 12156/65536 patterns Searching for speed c/2, width 12. Searching for speed c/2, width 12, glidereflect symmetry. x = 11, y = 5, rule = B3/S23 b2o5b2o$b3o4b3o$ob2o3bob2o$3o4b3o$bo6bo! Searching for speed c/3, width 8. Searching for speed c/3, width 8, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/3, width 9, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/3, width 15, bilateral symmetry. x = 15, y = 9, rule = B3/S23 b2obobobobob2o$o3b3ob3o3bo$bob2obobob2obo$2bob2o3b2obo$5bo3bo2$ 5bo3bo$6b3o$6b3o! Searching for speed c/4, width 6. Searching for speed c/4, width 6, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/4, width 7, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/4, width 11, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/4, width 12, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/4, width 13, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed 2c/4, width 6. x = 4, y = 5, rule = B3/S23 b2o$3o$2obo$b3o$2bo! Searching for speed c/4, width 6, diagonal. x = 3, y = 3, rule = B3/S23 obo$2o$bo! Searching for speed c/5, width 5. Searching for speed c/5, width 5, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/5, width 6, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/5, width 9, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/5, width 10, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/5, width 11, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 5. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 5, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 6, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 9, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 10, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/5, width 11, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed c/5, width 5, diagonal. Searching for speed c/5, width 9, diagonal, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/5, width 11, diagonal, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed c/5, width 12, diagonal, skew gutter. Searching for speed c/6, width 4. Searching for speed c/6, width 4, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 5, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 7, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 8, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 9, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed 2c/6, width 4. Searching for speed 2c/6, width 7, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/6, width 8, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 2c/6, width 9, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 4. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 4, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 5, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 7, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 8, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed 3c/6, width 9, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed c/6, width 4, diagonal. Searching for speed c/6, width 7, diagonal, bilateral symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 8, diagonal, glidereflect symmetry. Searching for speed c/6, width 9, diagonal, bilateral symmetry, gutter. Searching for speed c/6, width 10, diagonal, skew gutter. Search complete.
Look, it has some RLEs! But before we go into that, let's break it down a bit. You see, there are a lot of lines that look like "Searching for speed XX, width XX, XXX, XX", where X is a different thing. Let's see what each "X" means:
Searching for speed c/5, width 11, diagonal, bilateral symmetry, gutter.
 Searching for speed c/5: This is the speed it's searching in, like c/2, c/3, and so on. In this case, it is looking for c/5 spaceships.
 width 11: This is the width of the spaceship it's looking for, in this case, 11 cells, which means it's looking for a c/5 11cellwide spaceship.
 diagonal: This means it is looking for a diagonal spaceship, lines without this mean it's looking for an orthogonal one.
 bilateral symmetry: This means it will search symmetrical spaceships, which are usually easier to find.
 gutter: A gutter is an empty space between halves of a bilaterally symmetric spaceship.
Unfortunately, it did not find a c/5 bilaterally symmetric diagonal gutter spaceship, but for some others, it did. Let's look at the RLE that is shown after Searching for speed c/3, width 15, bilateral symmetry.:
x = 15, y = 9, rule = B3/S23 b2obobobobob2o$o3b3ob3o3bo$bob2obobob2obo$2bob2o3b2obo$5bo3bo2$ 5bo3bo$6b3o$6b3o!
Now, if you copy and paste that into Golly, you will see a Dart, you've succeeded in rediscovering a spaceship! You can do this with other rules too, try b2/s, b34/s34, or b368/s236.
Parameters
You can also specify some parameters, like speed. To do that, after the rule, type in "/o(Speed)v/l(Level)", Speed is the speed (Although if you enter e.g. 7, it will search c/7, 2c/7, and 3c/7), and Level is the level of depth it will go to, a higher level will generally mean bigger ships and longer search. The following will search for a c/4 at level 75:
b3/s23/o4v/l75
It should take only about 1 minute or less, don't worry about the extra lines of outputs. After it's done, it should output the following RLE:
x = 16, y = 22, rule = B3/S23 4bo2b2o2bo$4bob4obo$obobo6bobobo$obo10bobo$o14bo2$2o3b6o3b2o$bo 4b4o4bo$b4o6b4o$2b3o6b3o$2b3ob4ob3o2$6b4o$4b3o2b3o$2bo2b2o2b2o2b o$4bo6bo$o3bo6bo3bo$obo10bobo2$3o10b3o$3o10b3o$bo12bo!
There! You have found a c/4 spaceship.
Word of Caution
Do not create articles for your discoveries on the LifeWiki. Report them to the ConwayLife.com forum instead, especially if the ship is interesting, e.g.:
 A new speed
 An oblique spaceship
 The smallest of its speed
 Does something super cool (Like turn a glider into copies of itself)
If the ship is notable, someone else will (sooner or later) create an article for it.
