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Kazoiks

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Spotlight finds certain files but Tembo fails. Is it because it could be a file type Tembo doesn't recognize? (The files I've experimented with today are created by Finale, music notation software.) Or could it be because the files have not been modified since the year 2000 or earlier? In any case, can I teach Tembo to look at all my files when I search?
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houdah

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Hi!
 
The reason Tembo ignores the files is probably the dyn.* exclusion in Tembo > Preferences > Advanced.
 
On OS X file types are identified using Uniform Type Identifiers (UTI). Third party application developers declare the type identifiers for their proprietary file formats and also tell the system how to map from file extension to UTI. If an application fail to do so (e.g. an older application) or if the necessary application is not installed, the system declares a temporary replacement: a dynamic UTI. These start with dyn.
 
By default Tembo hides files with a dynamic UTI. Most of these files belong to low level utilities and are of little interest.
 
Try removing the dyn.* exclusion from Tembo > Preferences > Advanced.
 
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Kazoiks

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Thanks, but removing the dyn.* exclusion had no effect at all.

So far it often seems to be related to the age of the file, whether or not the file name shows an extension. Anything from 2000 or earlier fails to be found, although certain files from later years also fail. I have not figured out why. But many, many items are ignored by Tembo.

Such a shame; I was really liking Tembo until I discovered how unreliable it is in this regard.
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houdah

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Hi!

Does changing the sort order under Options > Sort By help?

Does opening the file from Finder help?

Does modifying the file make it appear in search results?

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Kazoiks

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>>Does changing the sort order under Options > Sort By help?
No.

>>Does opening the file from Finder help?
No.

>>Does modifying the file make it appear in search results?
Yes.
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houdah

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That could either mean

- that Spotlight has no modification date for the file and thus skips it when Tembo asks to sort by modification date. That seems unlikely. All files should have a modification date

- that the file or drive is not correctly indexed

You can ask Spotlight to re-index a file or folder using the following procedure:

1. Open /Applications/Terminal.app
2. Type "mdimport ". Without the quotes, but with the trailing space
3. Drag a file or folder from the Finder to the Terminal window. Terminal will complete the lime with the path of the file
4. Hit Return

You can get Spotlight to re-index a drive using the following procedure:

1. Open System Preferences > Spotlight
2. Add the drive to the Privacy list. Close System Preferences. Wait a bit
3. Return to System Preferences > Spotlight
4. Remove the drive from the Privacy list
5. Allow indexing to complete overnight

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Pierre Bernard
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