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asron
Does anyone know why I might not be able to search with the "File path" attribute? Is anyone else able to?

Basically I have an archive organized by customer, then by year within each customer folder and then by month within each year folder. I would like to be able to set up templates to search through files for all customers within a certain month or year. It seemed like the "File path" attribute would have been the easiest way to do this.

Any ideas?
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houdah
Hi!

Searching by file path is not possible. The fact that it is included in the list of possible criteria is actually a bug.

File path is not stored with the Spotlight metadata. When you invoke the HoudahSpot inspector window, you will see the list of attributes actually stored by Spotlight for the selected file.

You may work around this by combining search scope ("Where…"), exclusion scope ("Exclude…") and path filter (top right search field).

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.
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asron
Thanks. Your suggestion of filtering by path worked just great. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear as though an entry in the filter field is saved in templates. Is there a way to make HoudahSpot retain the filter entry in saved searches?
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houdah
Hi!

Sorry for the late reply.

There is no way to persist the filter in the current version of HoudahSpot. It is however an idea to consider.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.
Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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J_M
I see that this is an older topic. Has search keywords from Path been added to HoudahSpot since this post? 

thanks

j
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houdah
Hi!

Sorry, searching by path is not technically possible.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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J_M
thanks for the quick reply. Searching via path would have been great.... oh well.

regards, j
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michaelangela
I wrote the following before realizing that the "filter by name" can also be "filter by path". However it'd be helpful to be able to do multiple "filter by path" attributes like the other query items.
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I see that kMDItemPath can't be used for queries and sorts and such. That is a shame. However, what about a custom filter sort of thing? Since kMDItemPath can't be used for queries but it *can* be queried on an item, could that be passed into a custom filter? Or for that matter, any of the items that are available, being able to pass that into a custom filter could be cool. Maybe based on python, lua, or even actionscript? Performance wouldn't be good I am sure but it could be helpful for those edge cases like finding something based on a path which is something I wanted to do that just 2 days ago.

Very nice software by the way.
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houdah
Hi!

What do you want to use the filter for?

I guess many uses cases may be covered by copying the search results to a spreadsheet application. Just select all results and hit cmd-C. Now proceed to your favorite spreadsheet application and paste the results. You may then apply any number of operations on the various columns.

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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michaelangela
In my case I knew there were two words that were in the path and in the dev trees I use it helps to be able to filter based on that. A user could copy/paste into a spreadsheet but that would be extra steps, not a good display (some path names can be crazy), and also something not integrated within Houdah for future searches. Some sort of generic thing like being able to pass results through a commandline shell or script would make a lot of the edge cases possible without you having to develop all of them out. Just thinking out loud.
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houdah
Hi!

Thank you for the feedback.

I guess setting up a filtering script would be beyond the skills of the average user. Maybe I can think of another way to extend the current filtering options.

Couldn't you get the desired results by setting the search locations to include nothing but the two dev trees you wanted to search?

Best,
Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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michaelangela
Part of the problem I faced was not knowing the exact paths needed and there are multiple files with very similar names. So it can be done with a couple round trips using the current filter but the neat thing about houdahspot is the time it saves you by allowing you to quickly drill down to what you are looking for. So the idea is that extending the functionality would need to maintain the flexibility and speed already present without making too many extra steps. So all of this is just thinking out loud. On a related note, this could be interesting, but not for the average user:

http://jstalk.org/
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