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Finder "Search" exclude one folder!

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Fedux Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 7, 2013 3:55 AM

Finder "Search" isn't searching anymore in ~/Library/Preferences !!!

I don't know what happened but I used to have a saved search in Finder sidebar that searched in All HDD for All files, system and invisible included. I used it for complete uninstalling of programs and for being sure to have a very clean Mac.

Now, if I want to delete .plist files related to one program I have to enter that directory and search directly inside it, searching All HDD searches everywhere but that folder….! I'm going crazy.

 

I tried:

  • reindexing HDD
  • delete com.apple.finder.plist
  • repair permissions

 

Using a program like "Easyfind" I can find everything as usual, but I don't want external programs for doing something Finder could perfectly do before!

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 4:26 AM (in response to Fedux)

    Have you set the Finder to search "This Mac"?

     

    Check the Finder's preferences in the "Advanced" panel:

    Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 13.17.04MESZ.PNG

    And to prevent "plist" files from being excluded, add a search rule: "Kind is Other > Property List"  or "File Extension is plist"

    Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 13.19.33MESZ.PNG

    For me this finds all property lists.

     

     

    Start the search from the hidden Library folder and save this search.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to Fedux)

    If I start the search from within the hidden "Library", the .plists in Preferences are listed.

    Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 14.12.47MESZ.PNG

     

    I'd try to reindex your Spotlight index:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2409

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to Fedux)

    I just noticed - I reindexed the Library folder, and after reindexing Spotlight "~/Library/Preferences." does not work any longer on my mac either I cannot see, what is keeping this folder from being indexed in the latest version.

    Until an hour ago, the Preferences folder did show in the Finder search. Just like you are reporting, only the Preferences folder is excluded all of a sudden.

    As a workaround, while we are searching for a solution - how about adding ~/Library/Preferences to the Finder's sidebar? Drag the folder directly below the heading "Favorites (Preferiti) in your sidebar and you have always easy access to start your search from there.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 6:52 AM (in response to Fedux)

    Take a look at this: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2005050222125145

     

    You might need to modify the _rules.plist to INCLUDE the prefs folder or remove the entry from the EXCLUDES.

     

    Edit: However, I don't see this file anywhere.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,350 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to Fedux)

    No problem, Fedux!

    Barney's link looks really promising, but I do not see the file in the directory:

     

    sudo cd /.Spotlight-V100/

    dreschle$ sudo ls -laix .Spotlight-V100/

    .

    ..

    Store-V1

    Store-V2

    VolumeConfiguration.plist

     

    Now we have a new search problem - where has _rules.plist gone to?

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Jul 7, 2013 7:17 AM (in response to léonie)

    Now we have a new search problem - where has _rules.plist gone to?

    I've been looking since I posted. I'm about to give up. Probably not using the right search terms, or nobody has looked at it since Tiger.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (112,980 points)
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    Sep 13, 2013 1:19 PM (in response to Fedux)

    Try unhiding the library as follows:

     

    NOTE: In Lion and Mountain Lion the Home/Library folder is now invisible. To make it permanently visible enter the following in the Terminal application window: chflags nohidden ~/Library and press the Return key - 10.7: Un-hide the User Library folder.  Will have to be reapplied after any major update or upgrade.

     

    I'm able to search my ~/Library with a Command + F search or with the Spotlight search window in the menu bar.

     

    OT

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