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jimkahnw
I've been searching network volumes on our system, and HS misses several files that I know are there. Very frustrating. I'm using FindAnyFile instead and it's finding the files, but it's slow. Is there something I need to do with the Searchlight index to make HS work properly?
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houdah
Hi!

HoudahSpot relies on the Spotlight index. Unfortunately, the Spotlight system excludes certain locations as well as certain files from indexing.

You may force Spotlight to index excluded locations by using the mdimport command in Terminal.app

There is however no way to force Spotlight to index excluded file types.

For most uses, the choices made by Spotlight are sound.
If you need to locate system files, invisible files, … you will however need to resort to tools which do not rely on the Spotlight index.

FindAnyFile is one such tool. It searches the drives' catalog. This gives it access only to file names and basic attributes.

HoudahSpot on the other hand can search the large selection of attributes recorded by Spotlight. This includes text content.

Basically you need to pick the right tool depending on what kind of file you are looking for and on which attributes you want to search. 

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

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

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jimkahnw
The files I'm searching are standard image formats: jpg, psd, tif. So, how do I force HS/Spotlight to locate these files?
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houdah
Hi!

HoudahSpot should find those.

What criteria are you using?
Is the drive indexed by Spotlight?

You may use Spotless to check the drive's indexing status.

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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