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Re: What's so terrible about it
Authored by: statefuldotnet on Oct 12, '05 08:47:46AM
– Spotlight so slow, it's unusable. If I need to wait 30 sec min. for simple results like applications I can go there the usual way. Or opening a smart folder containing all applications takes forever here.
Yeah I will admit the search as you type is ridiculous if you fat finger your search. There should be an obtion to turn this capability on or off.
– Spotlight very unreliable. You cannot know which ones of your documents get indexed. Spotlight is more like a "Here are some possible related results"-engine.
Nah this comes from not understanding Spotlight. Not only can you refine where Spotlight indexes, you can FORCE index files, and you can tell exactly what will be indexed with the mdimporter plug-ins. You should investigate a tool called Highlight if you don't grok what you can do with the command line tools. Although I agree they could make configuration of this easier for the masses, the capability is certainly there and is not a mark against Spotlight.
For the moment you should neither rely on it nor trust it.
You should learn more about the technology before making such claims. The comments made show you do not understand how Spotlight works other then the magical upper right hand corner thingie that produces search results from who knows where and isn't seeming to find documents you know you have.

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Re: What's so terrible about it
Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 12, '05 03:22:04PM

In my opinion, if you must "understand Spotlight" or "learn more about the technology" just to search for files, then Spotlight fails its mission. It was supposed to make finding things quicker and easier. We shouldn't have to do research to find out how it works just so we can find our files. I find the criticisms of Spotlight valid.


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