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10.4: Use Spotlight on a FileVault protected Home folder System 10.4
I just discovered today why I am often taken aback by search results when using the Finder to search through my home directory. I use FileVault for protecting the contents of my home directory, which is what is causing the problems. In a Finder window, click on your Home directory, then start typing in the search field for a file or text string you know is somewhere in your Home. Make sure that Home is selected as your search target. On my machine, the results I get are identical to what I get from searching with Computer as target, and the reason is FileVault.

A way to get around this is to use the Others function to create another target container. Drag in your FileVault directory, and also add at least one other location as well -- for some reason, this does not work if you use only the FileVault-enabled home directory. Note that you can create or select a dummy folder created somewhere to get around this problem.

If you really only want to search your Home directory, you can try this rather clumsy workaround:
  • Do the "Others" stuff as described above.
  • Press Save and store your save results (the Others selection are not sticky as a location unfortunately), and check the Sidebar checkbox.
  • If you don't want the search string you defined to be part of the search, edit your search string as explained in this older hint.
Hopefully, Apple addresses this bug in the future.
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10.4: Use Spotlight on a FileVault protected Home folder
Authored by: allanBook on Jun 02, '06 12:32:17PM

I'm not getting this problem at all in my FileVault enabled home directory.

Opening a Finder window and typing a search string in the Spotlight field returns the results I expect (even with "Computer" chosen).

However, I did recently switch my whole home folder to FileVault and even re-indexed its contents.

In case my Spotlight starts to exhibit the same behavior you described, I'm glad you shared your workaround so that I don't freak out if this happens to me ^_^.

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10.4: Use Spotlight on a FileVault protected Home folder
Authored by: egilDOTnet on Jun 05, '06 03:18:20PM

Glad you are not seeing this @ your desk. I got confirmation from Apple today through their bugreporter that this is an issue they are aware of and are investigating, so I guess this will indeed be fixed in the near future.

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