[OS X TeX] status of Spotlight indexing of .tex files?

Norm Gall gall at spookyhill.net
Tue Dec 20 16:36:20 EST 2005

On 20-Dec-05, at 1:29 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> On Dec 20, 2005, at 1:29 PM, Norm Gall wrote:
>> ...
>> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301533 tells you  
>> _exactly_ what folders are searched by Spotlight by default:
>> ...
> Howdy,
> The last paragraph in that docuemnt also points out how to tell  
> Spotlight NOT to search a given directory branch. Unfortunately  
> you've got to play a (fairly simple) game so that it doesn't index  
> an external drive permanently.
> In addition, I'd like to see Spotlight Preferences have a tab to  
> permanently add (forced if necessary) directory trees to index so  
> there would be no need to use SpotlightIndexer.

I have been experimenting with a Pref Pane that would do just this.  
It lists all of the directories being indexed (including externals),  
list the active mdimporters, and let a user import a specific file.  
Don't hold your breath though :)  Its a mess right now and probably  
explains why I over-engineer my instructions. I am never really sure  
when Spotlight changes its behaviour.

>> Overriding these defaults is trivial with SpotlightIndexer and  
>> marginally less trivial with the Terminal.
>> ng
> I use SpotlightIndexer to force the indexing of the teTeX directory  
> tree with great success. I also force the indexing of some of the  
> Developer Documentation, etc.

Same here.

> I've mentioned to the developer of SpotlightIndexer that is would  
> be nice to allow one to choose a subset of the list of directories  
> SpotlightIndexer indexes so I don't have to drop items from the  
> list when I want to re-index a directory tree; e.g., using check  
> boxes as in iTunes. He thought it might be a good idea so I'll wait  
> and see what transpires.

Well, that would save me a lit of trouble too.


There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt  
of in your
William Shakespeare
Hamlet in Hamlet, 1601

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