[OS X TeX] How to make locate/spotlight search ~/Library/texmf
amunn at gmx.com
Tue Aug 10 13:41:19 EDT 2010
On Aug 10, 2010, at 1:35 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Aug 10, 2010, at 12:16 PM, Alan Munn wrote:
>> On Aug 10, 2010, at 12:51 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>>> On Aug 10, 2010, at 11:22 AM, Alan Munn wrote:
>>>> Hi, I can use the locate command in a Terminal to quickly find
>>>> files in /usr/local/texlive. However, it doesn't find files in ~/
>>>> Library/texmf. How do I make it do that?
>>> I'd guess that the locate database won't contain anything in the
>>> Users folder since that is private for each individual user.
>>> Perhaps there is a way to ell it to build a personal database.
>>>> Secondly, what's the relationship between the Spotlight search
>>>> (via Command-space) and the locate search database? They clearly
>>>> don't find the same things, since /usr/local files never show up
>>>> in the Command-Space searches. Is there a way to make them match?
>>> There is no relationship between them. The technology is different
>>> for the two things.
>> Ok. That makes sense then. So is there a way to get Spotlight
>> command-space to index ~/Library/texmf?
> Actually Spotlight does index everything but there is no way to make
> it show that information that I know of using the simple Cmd-Space.
> If you do a Cmd-F AND then click on Kind and pick Other and the
> select System Files (you can put that on the default list with a
> check box---that will save one step later) and then select `are
> included'' you can find those files. I wish there was a way to just
> have that turned on by default but I don't know of any.
>>> I've been using `Find Any File', <http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/index.html
>>> >, and I'm quite happy with it.
>> Yes, I have that too, but I'm lazy... For most quick searches
>> command-space is simply more convenient. I'd just like to be able
>> to find things in my local texmf folder as easily. If locate could
>> do that, that would be fine, since I've always got a terminal
>> window open; if it can't, I'd prefer to use Spotlight if possible.
> And that's why I use `Find Any File'!
Sure, but they're far from functionally equivalent, since Find Any
File doesn't search on content. So if I don't know the name of
something but I know what's inside it, I can't find it with that
tool. Since that's my preferred searching method for many things,
using Find Any File just adds a third tool for me, so it's really a
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