Be sure to include System Preference in search results for example.
Check your Privacy tab (same location) for excluded files and folders
re-indexing : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2409
no luck as well...
everything is included and there is nothing in Privacy tab.
But I think the problem is that hidden folders are not being indexed.
I created such a hierarchy:
now when I search for "name:visible" I get only
now when I specify to show also hidden files I get
is there any way to get also files from invisible folder?
There is also a File Visibility criteria, but that wouldn't prevent you from finding the plist you are referencing because it is not invisible. The enclosing folder, ~/Library is, though.
My guess is that your Spotligh Index is incomplete or corrupt. You can reindex the hard drive by adding it to the Privacy list, then removing it. You should see it start indexing.
...What am I doing wrong are there any more exclusions? can I get rid of them?
An easier way is to use EasyFInd from the App Store. It searches everywhere, including Resources in Packages in applications and in Frameworks. What it finds you can reveal in Finder. It does it in real time and is very fast, especially with an SSD. And you don't have to create inclusions and exclusions. It just won't search within files. It doesn't use an index, so it doesn't start indexing things at inconvenient times and doesn't get corrupted.
If you remember FastFind from Classic Mac days, it's like that.
wow you really see it...
Is your Library dir hidden as well? What OS version do you have? maybe they changed something...
Could you check what is the value of PolicyLevel in your /.Spotlight-V100/VolumeConfiguration.plist?
I was almost sure that it simply ommits hidden dirs, but I made reindexing the way you suggested (and also with mdimport -r ~/Library/Preferences and mdutil -E /) - it was indexing quite a while. Now I can see the files from my test hidden folder so it is not that.
However my com.apple.screensaver.plist is still unfindable
Is there any way to check if the index is corrupted or not? I found some tip that the indexer job would consume a lot of processor then but this is not the case in my case
thanks for the sggestion EasyFind looks promising (and it has the location column!!!! ), but it would be nicer to have spotlight working predictably....
I'm affraid you didn't really read my question....