[OS X TeX] status of Spotlight indexing of .tex files?
rurapente at gmx.de
Wed Dec 21 04:48:53 EST 2005
Am 20.12.2005 um 20:29 schrieb Norm Gall:
> 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.
No no, please don´t get me wrong. Maybe I was not so clear. With
"Spotlight does not tell" I only wanted to say from a user point of
view: If I type something in a search field and get the results, I
would normally assume that this is all. But with Spotlight it´s is
simply not the case because it skips some files and folders.
Of course one can try to work around with e.g. mdimport -f but for
before one can do that, one have to know that the Spotlight search
can be incomplete.
> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301533 tells you
> _exactly_ what folders are searched by Spotlight by default:
Yes, as soon as I noticed Spotlight search results are sometimes
incomplete, I asked google and also found this URL.
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