HoudahSpot is finding a file I don't want and would like to delete. When I try to move it to the trash within HoudahSpot, I get a message that the file cannot be moved to the trash because it can't be found. When I go out to the finder, I can't see the file at all. But it continues to show up in HoudahSpot. 

Any idea how I can delete it if it's a real file, or stop HoudahSpot from finding it if it is not? 

0 0

Please try using the command line in to check on the file.

1. Open /Applications/Utilities/
2. Type or paste in the following (with the trailing quote mark):
ls -l "

3. In HoudahSpot, select the file
4. Then select "Copy File Paths" from the "Results" menu
5. Return to and paste immediately after the the open quotes. 
6. Type a closing " after the pasted path. You will have a command like this one
ls -l "/Users/pierre/Folder/file.txt"

7. Press Return
8. Terminal will show some properties of the file (permissions, owner, file size, etc.) or show the file path with the message "No such file or directory"

Is the file really missing?

HoudahSpot searches the Spotlight index. A possible explanation for this odd behavior could be that the index got out of sync with the actual file system. You may want to try to re-index your drive.

1. Go to System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy
2. Add your startup disk – not just individual folders – to the list
3. Wait a bit to be sure the old Spotlight index is deleted
4. Remove the startup disk from the Privacy list
5. Leave the computer running overnight to rebuild the index

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s. à r. l.

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
0 0