1. Welcome to the new MacRumors forums. See our announcement and read our FAQ

File not visible in Finder until spotlight search or reboot

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by gowanis, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I have a weird situation where occasionally I will grab a file from usenet and I cannot see it in Finder. When I search using spotlight, I find the file. When I choose to open the containing folder, the file appears, along with other "missing" files. What's going on ?
  2. macrumors regular


    You better be sure whether it is Finder on OS X 10.8 or your source of the downloads having the problem.
  3. macrumors 6502

    The problem is with Finder. The program I am using to retrieve the file completes its process successfully. When I look at the output folder, the file is not there. If I search using spotlight, the file IS found, and when I choose to open the containing folder (from spotlight), the file magically appears in the already open Finder folder.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    Try re-indexing your drive:
    If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
    sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/your drive name"​
  5. macrumors 6502

    I was unable to reproduce my problem until yesterday. I tried the Spotlight re-index and it worked, thank you.

    Is this a common problem? Why does this happen?

Share This Page