[OS X TeX] status of Spotlight indexing of .tex files?
herbs at wideopenwest.com
Wed Dec 7 10:38:51 EST 2005
On Dec 7, 2005, at 3:16 AM, Jan Hegewald wrote:
> spotlight search appears to be very odd, e.g. the search for
> filenames only works for special cases: consider a file
> newTest.tex. If you type newT in the spotlight search it is found
> but if you type ewT it is not found change your search to Test and
> it´s found again (at least on my system). This seems very strange
> to me and makes spotlight nearly useless for me as I can not rely
> on it.
I believe there has to be some ``word delimiter'' for spotlight to
find the ``word'' otherwise you could get into terrible messes. I
think the old Find File needed the start of the file name too; it
wouldn't match anything form the middle of the file name. So that
behavior seems to be the same.
I use Locator (a front end to locate, which uses the locate data base
- updated once weekly on my system) if I need to find a file in a
different fashion. You could try Easy Find too.
Using SpotlightIndexer (a front end to mdimport) on directories
(recursive) that don't change rapidly (e.g., /usr/local/teTeX/)
allows me to find files within places that Sporlight usually ignores;
make sure to use the Force preference option.
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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