[OS X TeX] Re: Fwd: [Ii2-announce] TeXLive i-Package updated

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sun May 20 08:38:39 EDT 2007

On May 19, 2007, at 9:01 PM, Bill Rowe wrote:

> There are two aspects to the preference pane for Spotlight. The  
> first is a list of 14 preset file categories. Unchecking a category  
> will cause Spotlight not to index files of in that category but  
> will not disable Spotlight in general.
> The second tab labeled Private presents a window where directories  
> can be entered. Any directory in this list will not be indexed by  
> Spotlight. I suppose instead of using mdutil, you could navigate to  
> the top level directory of your drive and prevent Spotlight from  
> indexing anything on that drive.
> Note, Spotlight is enabled by default. So, unless you have taken  
> specific actions Spotlight will be enabled on your machine.


There are many directories Spotlight will NOT index by default. These  
include the hidden directories (at least via Finder) such as /bin/  
and /usr/. So by default Spotlight will not be indexing /usr/local/... .

You can force Spotlight to index a directory (and recursively its sub- 
directories) by using

mdimport -f directory-path

but, as far as I can tell, this is a one time index so it gets  
(partially?) lost if anything in that directory (or below) gets  
changed so you have to re-run the command if things change. The  
SpotlightIndexer software basically is a GUI fron end for the command  
above; but make sure you have `Force import' checked in its Preferences.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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