[OS X TeX] Spotlight importers
bvoisin at mac.com
Tue May 3 11:08:27 CEST 2005
Le 3 mai 05 à 10:33, Maarten Sneep a écrit :
> [omitted very useful info]
Thanks for this, it's really useful.
>> - Aren't hidden directories like /usr/local/teTeX searched
>> automatically when building the SpotLight database?
> I'm not sure if the hidden directories are indexed by default. Even
> though the indexing is hooked into the kernel to patch all file-
> write actions, it is still possible to exclude certain directories.
> there are a number of md* utilities:
> mdutil (remove an index, turn on or turn off indexing for a
> particular volume, status. requires sudo)
> mdimport (force a file or tree to be (re-)indexed.)
> mdls (see what info is indexed on a file)
> mdfind (use spotlight from the command-line, using the 'raw'
After having tried, I can confirm:
- Before running "mdimport -f /usr/local/teTeX", looking for say
"fntguide" in SpotLight returned nothing.
- After, it returns a number of html, cls, dvi and txt files, as well
as email messages and pdf files. Double-clicking any dvi file in the
SpotLight window opens up TeXShop which, after a couple of seconds,
displays the conversion of this dvi file to pdf. Vow!
>> - Given the files in this directory are generally owned by root
>> (depending on whether or not you stuck to the default setting when
>> installing the TeX i-Package), should mdimport be sudo'ed?
> I'm not sure: you can still read those files. The security issues
> as to whether you should see a particular file in the results is
> handled at a different level.
Of course, you're right!
>> And getting OT, for those that might be interested:
>> - I just noticed this morning on MacNN that Wolfram Research has
>> already released a SpotLight module for Mathematica notebooks
>> <http://library.wolfram.com/infocenter/Utilities/5614>. I just
>> hope it works with Mathematica 4!
> I'd guess so, the functionality may be different, but the basic
> format is still text.
It works indeed. For example, looking for "besselj" in SpotLight
yields in 3 seconds about 70 answers: notebooks in which I used
BesselJ, email messages with Wolfram Research people, theses
downloaded from the web and also using BesselJ. Amazing!
And as I'm typing this, I see this message -- probably at the time
it's saved automatically in the Drafts mailbox -- appearing in the
SpotLight window in which I looked for "fntguide"!
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