I am on macOS High Sierra 10.13.3. I created a file with Python but when I search for its name inside Spotlight (or Finder), it's not there. When I os.getcwd() and manually follow its path, it is where it should be.


Why is this happening? What am I missing? Btw in order to manually find it, I turned on the hidden files visibility with (.⇧).

Edit: Assuming it has something to do with the fact it's inside hidden folders, is there a way to make Spotlight or Finder also return these files, or another way to search them by name (third party app maybe)?

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    Have you searched all existing answers on this site that cover this situation? Several exist already and they have accepted answers. You can edit your question to include what solutions you tried and any errors you received.
    – fsb
    Jan 23, 2019 at 20:34
  • I use Find any File. Uses an fast file find api. Jan 24, 2019 at 4:13

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Check out EasyFind (Freeware). It will search through all subfolders including hidden folders.

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