[OS X TeX] Leo's Spotlight doesn't find sty, lco, engine files

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Nov 17 17:50:25 CET 2007

On Nov 17, 2007, at 7:45 AM, Friedrich Vosberg wrote:

> Am 02.11.2007 um 13.30 schrieb Adam M. Goldstein:
>> On Nov 2, 2007, at 5:30 AM, RA Friedrich Vosberg wrote:
>>> Spotlight in Tiger (MacOS X 10.4.x) has found sty, lco and engine  
>>> files in subdirectories of ~/Library. But now in Leo (MacOS  10.5)  
>>> it doesn't. At least almost not. Because if I create a new  
>>> Spotlight smart folder in Finder sty, lco and engine files are  
>>> displayed in this folder. But if I stroke Cmd+Space and look for  
>>> it, nothing will be found.
>> Did you go into terminal and use the "mdimport" command? Use "man  
>> mdimport" to see how to use it. This will index whatever you tell  
>> it to.
> Maybe I do not understand the man page. But I can not find there any  
> hint how to enable mdimport to grab all the sty, engine and lco  
> (letter class option) files without using an importer plugin. But  
> that I do not possess.

You are correct.  You need an importer that recognizes those file  
types, or declares their UTI as descending from public.plain-text.

> The most curious is, that Spotlight can find all those files when  
> searching for them by Cmd+F in the Finder. But doesn't when using  
> the lens in the menue bar. So I think it's not a problem of  
> importing the files into the meta database. It's an issue of  
> displaying the files in the lens list.

The Spotlight menu appears to do a content search.  What type of  
search are you doing with cmd-f in Finder?  Content or File Name?


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