Where does Spotlight save search results?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigwig, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. bigwig macrumors 6502a

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  2. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    Well I know Spotlight caches searches but whats wrong with recreating the search? the point of spotlight is to always have an activate account of files that you can find, no more saving of searches. Although you could set up a smart folder I guess.
     
  3. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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    Spotlight doesn't save search results.
    It has an index database file to retrieve search queries from.
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    If it doesn't save them, how can it retrieve them? :confused:

    Isn't the spolight search and a smart folder the same thing anyway?

    I'm not sure why anyone would need to know where the searches are saved. It's unlikely that anyone would be able to edit them outside of Spotlight.
     
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    It has to save the result. It would be a waste if it didn't. If you mean it doesn't save the files again, then you are correct. I don't know how Spotlight works, but it probably saves the locations of the files in a database. Also the database has to have what is in the files.
     
  6. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    Yes that was the point. :)
     

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