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Use Spotlight to speed up grep searches
Authored by: baltwo on Mar 23, '10 01:15:48PM
The downside to this is that Spotlight does not index every directory, so you may be missing some files such as system files.
Methinks you're wrong here. Spotlight indexes everything, but many areas are excluded from the results, by default. The way around this is to include system files and invisible files in the search criteria.

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Splitting hairs
Authored by: lullabud on Mar 23, '10 03:33:51PM

This hint ( ) says otherwise, but either way it's splitting hairs. The behavior is still the same.

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Use Spotlight to speed up grep searches
Authored by: donmoemu on Mar 24, '10 05:53:04AM

baltwo, Can you provide the workaround that would search the system and invisible files? It would also be nice if you could document where is states that spotlight indexes the above data.

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