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How to check programmatically that spotlight indexing has been finished or not?

I turned on the indexing over Volume using sudo mdutil -E /path_to_volume. Now i need to check when it actually finished, so that after complete indexing I can unmount the volume.
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Keyboard shortcut for web search on Mac

I've recently made the switch from PC to Mac and am looking for a quick way to make a web search. On PC, I had Google Desktop installed, so could double-tap 'Ctrl' to bring up a Google search box, ...
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Can spotlight index the iTunes library?

I would spotlight to index not only music files on my hard drive, but also the iTunes library. Background: I have a MacBook air with limited space. In order to be independent from physical burdens, I ...
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Windows 7 Start menu search - tweak refresh delay to be more like spotlight?

When you're typing something in Windows search, it refreshes the entire results with every character you type. It seems to re-order the search results as you type which makes the results move around ...
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Searching in osx for “anything but..”

I was trying to clean up my music folders and I want to remove everything except MP3 files. I want to know how to search for everything but MP3s and obviously the subfolders themselves. What do I ...
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What do multiple decimal points mean in the spotlight calculator

I don't understand what this means - when I input multiple decimal points into the OSX spotlight. For instance: 1.1.1 yields 0.11 What does it mean? A google search didn't help me find any ...
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Write-protected USB Spotlight V-100 hidden files (don't have a Mac)

I am having trouble with my USB. I have used it for a few months without any trouble, but a couple of days ago it started saying that I cannot delete anything or save any new files because it is ...
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How do I suppress the terminal window when I launch a bash script from Spotlight?

When I run a bash script from Spotlight, a terminal window launches to execute it. The window closes when the script finishes but I'd like to prevent that window from appearing on my desktop at all. ...
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Reduce search sensitivity in Spotlight

OS X' search is almost useless with the hundreds of irrelevant items it produces. Is there any way to reduce its sensitivity?
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Spotlight NOT indexing Postbox messages/emails

I'm currently having a problem with Spotlight where it does NOT index my email from my IMAP Postbox account. I've checked the Mail & Messages from the search results windows in Spotlight and also ...
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Homebrew, spotlight and upgrading software under /usr/bin/

My OS X comes with a version of git installed in /usr/bin. However, this version is older than the official stable one. I would like to upgrade it. Can I use Homebrew to upgrade this version? Or ...
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Why does Spotlight omit some files in my search result?

I'm trying to use Spotlight (Mountain Lion) to do a recursive search on a bunch of subfolders. (It's actually the Firefox disk cache, and I'm pecking around for a few images, so I thought this would ...
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Which tool is most flexible for searching my whole system, locate or mdfind?

Follow-on to Spotlight and the locate command don't search *all* folders: The steps mentioned by Gordon Davisson were performed; .bashrc was entered in the Spotlight search field, and System and ...
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Run a shell script from Spotlight?

I wrote a very basic script that launches "bc" in quiet mode very a simple but effective calculator. I want to be able to launch it via Spotlight. I can make it a ".command" file, but it never shows ...
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Spotlight: search any word using services without opening Finder

I'm using Mavericks on a Mac. The "services" shortcuts allow me to highlight a word and search for this word in spotlight. This searches for the word in a new Finder window. Is it possible to ...
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How to get OS X Spotlight to search Andrew File System (AFS) volume?

I'd like to have Spotlight index and search a mounted AFS volume (actually, just one folder on this volume). I'm aware of this question about network volumes: How to get OS X to index my Network ...
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OS X 10.5 Spotlight Kind different to Finder Kind for particular file (.dylib) despite app (SeaMonkey) removed

in the distant past I installed SeaMonkey. There was a mistake in the apps Info.plist that inappropriately associated a number of file types with the app, in particular .dylib. The bug was recognised ...
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Spotlight not showing the right apps' icons

I have a problem with Spotlight : When I start typing the name of an app, its icon is usually the c file header's. For example, for the Activity Monitor : How can I restore the real icons instead ? ...
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How do I permanently disable the spotlight key?

I'm attempting to disable my spotlight hotkey so that I can make my Alfred hotkey CMD+Space. If I disable "Spotlight menu keyboard shortcut" through system preferences, it seems to stay disabled ...
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Spotlight Privacy List

On my Macbook Pro, I am booting from the internal drive for personal stuff and from an external disk for work. Both run Snow Leopard. When I boot from the external/work drive, I want to exclude my ...
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How to avoid slow startup / OSX won't save spotlight index?

Lately I've been having issues with osx taking a CRAZY long time to start up. Every time it does start, I have this hunch that, considering how hard spotlight is working after startup, that it might ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 and OSX 10.5/.6/.7, Search, Spotlight

I'm handling a migration from a on old mac server to a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine running a 12TB(10 usable) RAID5 server. It's using an SMB share and now the OSX 10.5/.6 users can search sometimes ...
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Spotlight can't see anything in Applications

There have been other threads on this but none of the solutions mentioned have helped me. Spotlight has stopped showing any results for my Applications. I've tried reindexing and removing the ...
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mdworker couldn't find bundle

This error is showing up in my syslog every few seconds: Aug 28 06:02:04 Roys-MacBook-Pro mdworker[1257]: (Error) Import: Couldn't find bundle identifier for ...
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Why is Spotlight faster than Windows 7 Search? [closed]

I'm just curious about why Spotlight on a MacBook is so fast to get results compared to Windows 7 Search? Are there any fundamental differences between them?
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How to reorder results in Spotlight for Lion?

If I remember correctly, Spotlight in Snow Leopard reordered results based on frequency of use. I noticed that Spotlight in Lion is not doing this; it's possible I'm missing something. For example, ...
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How to search for a folder inside another specific folder in Spotlight

Is possible to tell spotlight to search for a folder "x" that is contained within folder "y"? For example, I have several dirs named "june" in my computer, but one of them is inside a dir named ...
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Search /usr/local/texlive directory with Spotlight

Having TeXLive installed on my Mac, I frequently need to consult documentation for some of the packages. It seems silly to Google this when I have the PDFs all on my HDD in ...
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Os X Lion 10.7.4 mds: (Error) Server: mdsync launch failed: (ipc/send) invalid destination port

Im getting this message over and over again in my console: 27.06.12 18:05:31,541 mds: (Error) Server: mdsync launch failed: (ipc/send) invalid destination port 27.06.12 18:05:31,541 mds: (Error) ...
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How to disable Spotlight content indexing in Mac OS

From Windows experience, I could always elect Live search to only index file names not their content. Is this something that can be done with Spotlight on a Mac? It used to index absolutely ...
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locate similarly named files

I'm running OS X 10.7.3. I would like to locate all the files that have common strings in their filenames. I have a folder that contains several files whose filenames are the same except for the ...
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Different Spotlight kMDItemKind metadata values for same file on different drives

I have run into an issue where I find the same video file to have different values for the kMDItemkind Spotlight metadata depending on the drive it resides on (same machine, of course), which makes ...
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Spotlight refuses to be enabled on Lion

I'm working with a fresh install of Lion - including wiping the hard drive - but Spotlight refuses to be enabled. I've tried: Unloading and loading the MDS service The following commands: sudo ...
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changing spotlight default to search file names, not contents [duplicate]

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the Spotlight default search behavior to search file names, not contents? Right now, bringing up the Spotlight field and typing "terrible" brings up a bunch ...
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OS X mdls command gives “null” in output

I have bash script that utilizes the Mac based mdls command in a shell script to generate a metadata report for media files. When the script works the output looks like this: 1) [./test1.mov] - ...
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Why does Spotlight not return the correct result?

I dont know if the search features on most operating system is bogus or I am getting it wrong. I am looking for a particular file where css property is set like left:-59px; I perform search on ...
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Spotlight calculator doesn't work (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)

In the last few days the spotlight's calculator doesn't work. It will search and return results, but not the numerical one. I found only several references to this type of problem, all dealing with ...
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How to search for all labeled files, except those in some folders?

I want to add a saved search to my sidebar that contains all labeled files on my Mac, except files that are in certain folders. Files that are in subfolders of the excluded folders shouldn’t be ...
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MDS errors: “DiskStore: No block in wakeup” and “Ignored bogus fetch for MDSQueryWithBlockTask”

I've been getting tons of these entries in my system log. I can't find any indication of what they mean. I assume it's a problem with spotlight somewhere, and I've rebuilt the spotlight indexes, but ...
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Drag from spotlight

Is there any way that I could implement the functionality of being able to drag files and folders from spotlight to a finder window?
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Disable Spotlight to search certain type of files (e.g. based on file extension)?

I have searched for this one.. without luck. Especially, I would like Spotlight not to index target/ folders. Thanks for any hint.
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OSX Spotlight not removing web searches

I've unchecked everything but I still can't seem to remove the websearches. Is there a way to turn that off? I've tried adding volume to privacy and removing it to rebuild the index, no go. Also ...
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How to Prevent Spotlight from Indexing Non-Apps in /Applications Directory?

The only thing I need indexed in the /Applications folder are the .app files. Is there any way to setup a filter to have mds or Spotlight ignore everything in /Applications except .apps? Otherwise, ...
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How to launch second process of a program from Spotlight on Snow leopard

I usually launch programs from Spotlight, and there is one program that I want to launch second process. The program in particular is Mathematica. The second process of Mathematica allows me to keep ...
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Exclude pyc files from spotlight results (Mac OS X)

How should I go about disabling specific files with extensions .pyc from showing up in my quick spotlight search results?
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Spotlight and all contents on desktop disappeared in OS X

My Spotlight disappeared and I can't find it or get it back. Where is it and how should I make it come back? And when I do, all my folders disapeared from my desktop along with my hard drive. Does ...
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How to show hidden files in Spotlight search results

If I use the search option in the top right corner of the Finder, hidden files do not show up in the search results. Is there any way to change this?
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Can Spotlight be configured to index /System/Library/CoreServices?

With Quicksilver (and other launchers of that type) you can configure it to index applications from places other than /Applications. I often like to launch things from /System/Library/CoreServices ...
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How to enable the Spotlight shortcut in OS X while allowing japanese characters input?

According to this page : http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/cdb_sptfky.html the keyboard shortcut to open the Spotlight menu in OS X is CMD-Space Bar. However, I am using a ...
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How I can use Spotlight to search a USB flash drive?

How I can search anything on a thumb drive using Spotlight? As soon as I start to search it shows all content of my Mac's hard drive. I am using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.