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10.4: Search Samba volumes with Spotlight System 10.4
Tiger only hintI have read many different posts about how to enable Spotlight to find archives, etc., on external volumes, but I didn't find a solution to make Spotlight to search on a Samba volume. I found one post on macosxhints, but then I found this one about how to make Terminal tell Spotlight to index external volumes. However, although it says it works on Windows volumes, it did not work for me -- I was able to make Spotlight index the volume, but it didn't search on my Samba external volume.

Today I read a fantastic post titled Using Spotlight from the OS X Command line, so I figured that mixing the two solutions would work ... and it does!

If you first index the Samba volume following the steps in the first link, you can then search using Terminal and the tips in the second link.

[robg adds: I emailed the author to confirm that simply indexing the volume wasn't enough. Spotlight failed from the GUI but worked in Terminal. Many of the tips in the second link have been published here before, but I thought it worth sharing this odd 'combo' solution in the event that it helps others in similar situations.]
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10.4: Search Samba volumes with Spotlight
Authored by: Schwie on Apr 03, '06 07:40:53AM

To search Samba volumes with a graphical user interface, press Apple F to get a find window open. You can then click "servers" to search your mounted samba shares.

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10.4: Search Samba volumes with Spotlight
Authored by: rhowell on Apr 03, '06 08:15:09AM

Keep in mind that the OS X kernel plays no role in the final write-to-disk for any file on a mounted networked volume...the kernel on the computer that is exporting the volume has this responsibility.

Because of this, don't expect your Spotlight index on that network volume to get updated. Its only 100% accurate immediately after you force an index, and changes thereafter to any file, either by you or any other computer mounting the volume, are not accounted for.

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10.4: Search Samba volumes with Spotlight
Authored by: Schwie on Apr 25, '06 04:02:19PM
Do you know of anyone whose developed a shell script that will recreate the index every night, at say midnight. That way, each day you'd have a fresh index to work with.

I am also experimenting with Searchlight RSS. Its a beautiful way to get PC users hooked on the Mac. If I can get this script to work, my PC users will be future Mac-addicts...

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10.4: Search Samba volumes with Spotlight
Authored by: adamprall on Sep 22, '07 02:37:30PM
Has anybody noticed a fix for this in 10.4.10? I cannot make any hint related to enabling SMB/CIFS (i.e. "Samba") shares work in any way whatsoever—and I'm no newbie!! Mahalo to anyone who can reply… Thinkingman

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