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I think the EAGLE component search algorithm is stupidly written because whenever I try to search for a specific component it won't show up, then I have to manually search each one in its own category and it's really annoying.

I am trying to find the footprint for the through-hole wire-wound resistor. I have found that resistor-power.lbr contains those footprints but I couldn't find it in my library.

Any help would be appreciated.

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A good way to search in eagle is to use the * character. For example "LM*" will bring up all parts staring with LM and "*LM*" will bring up all parts containg LM.

Although eagle, like every other circuit design tool does not have everything. Designing your own parts can be an essential tool. (Albeit a pain in the a**)

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I have been using eagle for a while now and I used to face the same problems in the beginning. Searching for the exact package that you are using might be a tedious process and since the package has been made by someone else, you must verify whether the package is exactly same as what you are using or not by taking a print-out of your board file. (I have wasted my time and money because I relied on someone else's work. You don't need to.)

The best way out seems to be making your own package and a library. I have made my own personal library and even if the part is commonly available in other libraries, I just copy them in mine. This way, I have an organized library of the parts that I am using and I can be sure that these packages will work every time.

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If you can't quickly find a suitable footprint in the library, make your own (and save it in your own library).

This applies to any CAD system - Eagle, Altium, KiCAD, or whatever.

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