Have I found a bug?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by glosterseagul, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. glosterseagul macrumors regular

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    I clicked in spotlight to find where the "preferences" folder was .... Only one came up - the os9 one (also FileMaker preferences-so two really)

    ????:confused:

    Should I rebuild the desktop or something or is it a bug for all?
     
  2. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Just you... I get 5 Preferences folder when I search in Spotlight including the two main ones in the Library for user and HD.
     
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    it is not a bug...
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can reindex Spotlight through System Preferences by selecting your hard drive in the Privacy tab and then deselecting it. Did that make sense? Sorry, it's really hot here at the moment and I think my brain has melted. :(
     
  5. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    err no. can you try again...thanks for your help
     
  6. russed macrumors 68000

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    not wanting to derail the thread, but how do you reindex spotlight? i have done it before but i just cant find it now!!!
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    The easiest way is to just add the drive you want to reindex to the "privacy" list, which deletes the existing index, then remove it, which will rebuild it.

    You can also manually delete the hidden spotlight index folder, or (I think) force a re-index using a terminal command, but the above method usually works and is the easiest.
     
  8. russed macrumors 68000

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    cheers, thanks for that, its reindexing now, however i feel my problem may be more deep rooted than just a reindex - oh well!
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry, that's what I was trying to get at. It's in System Preferences (the Spotlight section). Just click on the Privacy tab and then add your hard drive using the little plus button. Close the System Preferences, open them again and follow the same procedure but this time remove the hard drive from your Privacy list using the little minus button.

    It's cooled off now so hopefully that made a little more sense. :)
     
  10. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks doing it now!

    I'll see if it finds it ....
     
  11. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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    I got 15 results for folders under 'preferences'.
     
  12. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm....still only 2!:confused:

    any ideas?
     
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Which two? I get the Library folder and user folder, both named just Preferences, plus two others named System Preferences and Safe Preferences. :)
     
  14. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    2....os 9 pref and filemaker pref?????
    I have re-indexed and I still cant see my osx pref folder thro spotlight : (
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Stupid question, but what if you Show All?

    Also, can we assume the OSX preference folders are still installed and named properly? 1497 is an unusually large amount of hits IMO. I only get 133.
     
  16. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    ooops :eek:

    errr i do feel a smidge silly:rolleyes:[​IMG]
     
  17. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Hehe. Now you've got me worried because I can only find 133 results. :D
     
  18. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    that's my point you see = safari is not consistent!!!!:D

    Thanks for your help.

    Am I a numpty or what!! (please don't answer that!):rolleyes:
     
  19. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not really worried. I put it down to me simply having less references to preferences[i/] on my Mac.

    You're no Numpty™, although I think you may confuse Safari with Spotlight every now and then... :D
     
  20. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    LOL - In my little world of Numptyness™ they ARE the same! Break it to me gently why don't you!
    :eek:
     
  21. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is the Numpty™ Dance my chance to do the Nump™? :D

    Seriously...what exactly were you looking for, anyway? Almost all preference files should be stored either in /library/preferences or ~/library/preferences....
     
  22. glosterseagul thread starter macrumors regular

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    My vlc was not working so I just wanted to throw away the preference file....but being a numpty I didn't know where the pref foldr was ....I do now:cool:
     

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