[X4U] More on Spotlight

John Baltutis baltwo at san.rr.com
Tue May 3 10:39:16 PDT 2005

On 05/03/05, Kirk McElhearn <kirklists at wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> On May 3, 2005, at 9:32 AM, John Baltutis wrote:
>> Here are two detailed looks at Spotlight:
>> <http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars/9> and
>> <http://www.tidbits.com/tb-issues/TidBITS-778.html>. Read both
>> because they give different perspectives.
> And Apple's posted a lot of interesting info here:
> http://www.apple.com/macosx/tips/spotlight.html

Thanks. That clears things up quite a bit.

> Now why don't they put this kind of stuff in the help... That's a
> real pita.

Because they had a release date, no matter what the state of support

BTW, I got this from John Siracusa, author of the arstechnica article, in
response to the question- how does one go about indexing system level
directories, which are excluded by default?:

edit this file:

    % sudo emacs /.Spotlight-V100/_rules.plist

and make it look something like  this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://
<plist version="1.0">
         <string>Specify paths to include or exclude, preceeding
rules which target user-homes with ~/</string>

...and so on, adding each directory you want to include.  Then tell
Spotlight to reindex your drive:

    % sudo mdutil -E /

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