[OS X TeX] Snow Leopard and locator

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Sep 9 14:59:57 CEST 2009

On Sep 8, 2009, at 9:31 PM, Adam M. Goldstein wrote:

> On Sep 7, 2009, at 11:38 PM, Michael Sharpe wrote:
>> Thanks for your response. I had eventually found that, in order to  
>> have System Files appear in the menu, I had to choose Other, then  
>> choose System Files, then, most importantly, select the box "In  
>> menu". It is still a frustration that I have to go through several  
>> steps to get what I want each time I search with Find---(a) select  
>> "System Files"; (b) Select "are included"; (c) Click "File name",  
>> and then what I get is not just file names. Every email message  
>> that contains the search text is also listed, mixed in with the  
>> file names. This makes me believe that the locate database approach  
>> is not yet dead. Of course, if there were a reasonable way to do  
>> the same thing that Find produces using a command line whose output  
>> could be filtered further, the prognosis for the locate database  
>> would be poor.
> I just tried the search. It is annoying that all the mail messages  
> appear. So does every BibDesk record with the term in it. Argh.  
> Maybe put the files in order by kind and then skip over the mail  
> messages?
> Or: design a custom search includes system files but excludes  
> everything else that you can exclude, or at least, mail messages and  
> other distracting kinds of files.
> I don't want to be the one that pronounces the locate approach dead.  
> If my grepping skills were better I would use locate more often.
> Adam


Again, I don't think locate is dead. I think the Locator front end is  

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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