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applesuper Level 1 Level 1

I have set up my mac at work to connect to the smb network, yet I cannot search the shared folders via the finder.

 

I have looked high and low for a solution, read various threads (such as https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2677028?start=15&tstart=0 ), yet there does not seem to be a way to search via the finder.

 

I will pre-empt the apologists here, thanks, I don't want to hear you point of view about how I don't need this fuction. I don't want to hear how os x uses and index and apple are wise to disable it in network drives (yet they are not wise enough to implement any other way to search said drives...). I want to put my point across that they better fix it soon.

 

I also want to hear other people who 've run into this problem and if they 've found any work arounds. There's a free app called easyfind but I am not that happy with it, and there's also some convoluted terminal work around that has to be repeated every time os x starts from what I 've been reading.

 

I will also be submitting feedback to apple. Ios looking fancy artifacts are all good and well (I dislike them, but I am not that much bothered) but what about some real functionality in core os services such as the finder?

 

Does any one at the os x team really think it's acceptable in 2012 that your mac connects to a network drive in an office and can't search it? I am using a folder in the network to store my work and I can't search that folder to quickly find something to show to a colleague? What do you expect me to do copy it over to my local drive, use a third party app to sync it to the network, and search my local drive instead?


Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4

    Using Finder connect to the computer that you want to search.

    You may have to use connect as and enter your credentials to access that computer.

     

    Double click on the share on that computer that you want to search (you can't search a computer that has not been configured to allow it).

     

    Type the first character of the search term

     

    The search will default to the computer that you are using.

    Just below the search box select the share name that you just double clicked.

     

    Finish entering your search term.

     

    Works for me.

  • applesuper Level 1 Level 1

    What works for you? Did you read any of my post before condescending me with "double click on your share" and "finish entering your search term"? I guess my pre-empting of such posts hasn't helped so far...

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6

    Use EasyFind. Spotlight is the worst.

  • quanphut Level 1 Level 1

    First of all, I'm a designer, so forgive me if I do not have all the details or speak the lingo correctly.

     

    I have this problem too, and it's very frustrating (smb drives here too). Does anyone know if Mountain Lion sovles this? Wondering if I need to talk to our IT about upgrading.

     

    I've tried the terminal thing about enableing indexing, etc. This seems to work selectively and is not a turnkey solution. I don't care how Apple fixes this but I hope it is soon! Wasting a lot of time looking for things that I shouldn't have to...

     

    Thanks!

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    applesuper wrote:

     

    What works for you? Did you read any of my post before condescending me with "double click on your share" and "finish entering your search term"? I guess my pre-empting of such posts hasn't helped so far...

    I have no problems at all searching Network drives (NAS and shared drives on other machines) either your system is not working right or you are not doing it right.

     

    Open the shared folder, type your criteria in the search box (top right), set the folders to be searched

    Screen Shot 2012-08-31 at 10.44.10 AM.png

     

    And the results pour in.

  • two freckles Level 1 Level 1

    Csound1 compare search results in windows and MacOS then you realise that Mac results is BS. Unfortunatelly Windows got correct results. In Mac you find only partial files matching your criteria.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    two freckles wrote:

     

    Csound1 compare search results in windows and MacOS then you realise that Mac results is BS. Unfortunatelly Windows got correct results. In Mac you find only partial files matching your criteria.

    Just because that is your experience does not make it everyone's experience, and it certainly isn't mine

  • two freckles Level 1 Level 1

    True, but as for "The word's most advanced OS" it shouldn't be anyones experience   But to be 100% serious I'm using 3 Apple Machines (2 iMacs and one book pro), all runing Lion and all behave same way, meaning they do not search files correctly.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    two freckles wrote:

     

    True, but as for "The word's most advanced OS" it shouldn't be anyones experience   But to be 100% serious I'm using 3 Apple Machines (2 iMacs and one book pro), all runing Lion and all behave same way, meaning they do not search files correctly.

    I deploy 32 to 37 Macs on a daily basis, mainly Mini's a few iMacs, none have the issue, check your methodology.

  • two freckles Level 1 Level 1

    Apple itself says there is a problem with searching NAS drives and you claim everything is fine?

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3194502?start=0&tstart=0

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    Please don't paraphrase me! I said that I have no problem searching network storage, I accept that you have, that is your issue and if it were mine I would rectify it.

     

    I also don't see any posting from Apple in your link, did you miss that?

  • two freckles Level 1 Level 1

    "After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.  This issue has been filed in our bug database under the original Bug ID# 10990537.

  • Paldeng Level 2 Level 2

    Shootis007 suggestion is ok. Try Easyfind app and test if you have problems. Chill

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    two freckles wrote:

     

    "After further investigation it has been determined that this is a known issue, which is currently being investigated by engineering.  This issue has been filed in our bug database under the original Bug ID# 10990537.

     

    That was posted by Mojo66, not Apple.

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