File not visible in Finder until spotlight search or reboot

gowanis

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Sep 22, 2007
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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 ?
 

gowanis

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 22, 2007
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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.
 
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GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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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.
Try re-indexing your drive:
If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/your drive name"​
 
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gowanis

macrumors 6502
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Sep 22, 2007
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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?
 
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