Spotlight indexing

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jbrown, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    #1
    Does the Spotlight indexing create a mega big file ( hidden I guess ) ike the old OS 9 Sherlock did? If so - where does it live?

    And what is in it / how does it work.

    cheers
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

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    Aug 30, 2003
    #2
    There is a hidden directory called .Spotlight-V100 at the top of each volume containing several files that store and control it all. Yes, the files are big.
    There's not very much exciting in there. There are indexes for metadata and file contents, and some property lists you can use to control what gets indexed.
    It's wired right into the OS. When something on the disk changes, a helper process is told to update the index.
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    #3
    No I don't think it does.
     

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