[OS X TeX] file search

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun Nov 6 16:35:33 CET 2005

On Nov 6, 2005, at 9:10 AM, Themis Matsoukas wrote:

> Herb,
> I will give this a try, but...
> why does File Search fool me into thinking it will abide by my  
> search criteria (i.e. visible and invisible files, search volumes)  
> when it apparently has no intention of doing so?
> Themis


I wish I knew! I wish that File Search retained its old behavior  
although I've found Spotlight, after forcing indexing in certain  
directories, to be quite wonderful.

Early on with 10.4 I was running into a bug I couldn't resolve. When  
I ran the problem through Spotlight it found a reference to the bug  
inside and old pdf document I had put aside and forgotten about.  
That, plus the ability to index places that aren't usually indexed,  
has me using Spotlight more and more. The 10.4.3 update seems to have  
resolved other problems I was having that I believe were indirectly  
related to indexing and Spotlight also seems to search faster on my  
trusty old 550MHz TiBook.

By the way, you can turn off indexing for a volume (e.g., a backup  
volume) by using

mdutil -E -i off /Volumes/VolumeName

If you are doing cloning to that volume it will get turned back on by  
the cloning process so you'll have to do that over again. I use  
SuperDuper to clone and it can run a script after the clone so that  
works very nicely; go to the SuperDuper Forums, <http://www.shirt- 
pocket.com/forums/showthread.php?t=361> for the script to use with  
SuperDuper. A very nice shareware program that can make all sorts of  
Safety Clones, etc.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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