[OS X TeX] status of Spotlight indexing of .tex files?
gall at spookyhill.net
Tue Dec 20 14:29:31 EST 2005
On 20-Dec-05, at 12:02 PM, Adam Maxwell wrote:
> On Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at 09:50AM, Jan Hegewald
> <rurapente at gmx.de> wrote:
>> But currently Spotlight does not tell my which files and
>> folders are not indexed. So I can not determine if important files
>> are excluded.
> I think part of the anti-Spotlight sentiment around here is due to
> misunderstanding about what it's supposed to do (probably due in
> part to Apple's hype). See <http://developer.apple.com/
> documentation/Carbon/Conceptual/MetadataIntro/index.html>, which
> talks about "Metadata." File content as raw text is recognized as
> a metadata tag, but it's mainly a catch-all when nothing else works
> (e.g. DVI files have no other metadata information available AFAIK,
> such as author, title, date).
> In reference to Herb's comment, it is good that not all text files
> are indexed the same; this allows BibTeX files to be imported
> differently than TeX documents, or html documents. The implicit
> requirement is for application developers to ship an importer for
> the file types they support, though, or else Spotlight breaks down.
There is also a certain lack of willingness to do a little research
to find things out.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301533 tells you
_exactly_ what folders are searched by Spotlight by default:
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger features Spotlight, a lightning-fast search
technology that instantly lets you find things on your Mac. By
default, Spotlight will index and search in the following locations:
* All Home folders (local and network-based, as well as
FileVault and non-FileVault). This includes:
o The Documents, Movies, Music, and Pictures folders
* Spotlight also searches these non-Home folder locations by
I think that this is pretty clear and was found by typing "Where does
Spotlight search" in Google; it is the first return.
Overriding these defaults is trivial with SpotlightIndexer and
marginally less trivial with the Terminal.
I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
How to Argue and Win Every Time, 1995
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