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I saw this behavior and... you know what... it's really unexplainable. I don't have a root cause (obviously) but I did resolve the problem in this way (below). I also leave a note below but I am unsure if it relates directly as to why the finder started to show results when I would search. In general, my finder would not display any files when I opened it ...


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EasyFind is the answer. Does a search without indexing anything, in real time. Slower than Spotlight, but comforting to us Windows folks, who like to see exactly what the thing's doing. (And in practice it's actually very fast when searching for a filename.)


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There are a variety of ways to hide things in Mac OS X. Note: if you do any of these you most likely do not need to use the .noindex extensions since files hidden from the finder will not be typically be shown in Finder Spotlight searches. chflags hidden fileToHide (as already mentioned) does this by setting OS X file attributes. use the Unix style period ...


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In the command line use: chflags hidden fileToHide To show files again chflags nohidden ...


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The Missing Safari Extensions Gallery Search Engine is hosted at hakore.com now.


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FINALLY!! I got it working again! Heres what I did: In terminal I ran: locate .metadata_never_index No database existed, so it prompted me to run: sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist It ran for a few seconds and I retried the locate command.. it found it in my root. I deleted it and tried turning on spotlight ...


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Re-index an entire drive In the Terminal, type sudo mdutil -E / and hit return. You may have to enter your password. The existing Spotlight index will be deleted, and Spotlight will start creating a new index in the background. You can re-index other hard drives by changing the command to include their name, like sudo mdutil -E /Volumes/OtherHardDrive. sudo ...



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