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Find 'non-findable' files
Authored by: frantz on Jan 08, '09 02:13:48AM

First you did not ask Spotlight to find invisible files...
Then for the visible files that "Find Any Files" sees and Spotlight don't, do you use TimeMachine ? Are the files from your Time Machine backups ?



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Find 'non-findable' files
Authored by: Aeschylus on Jan 08, '09 08:58:07PM
Right. So i added visibility - and here Spotlight really impresses. Set to "Visible' there are 6 results. Invisible: 1 result. Visible or invisible: the same item found with "invisible items". Hmm. The FAF results are for the boot drive only, not the Time Machine drive or any other. Ok, so there are really 7 results with Spotlight. FAF is no less awesome, right?

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Find 'non-findable' files
Authored by: frantz on Jan 09, '09 03:18:19AM

So the files FAF finds and Spotlight don't, are probably from packages like .app or .pkg.
Ok it's great that an app can find them Mac-wilde, but on a regular search basis you just do not want them to confuse you.



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Find 'non-findable' files
Authored by: Aeschylus on Jan 09, '09 06:28:10PM
I checked this. 14 were in packages, 6 were invisible (but theoretically Spotlight should have found these). There were 17 remaining files plus the 6 invisible ones - either 10 or 16 more than Spotlight found. Of course I'll still need spotlight, and I'll even use EasyFind when looking for a file in a subfolder. But it is great to have an FAF. A good example: I needed to locate GoogleSoftwareUpdater somewhere on my hard drive. Where did they hide that little stinker that I couldn't delete when I removed Google Notifier? Aha! FAF found it in a few seconds. Bravo!

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