Help! How do I do a search in the system folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by motulist, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    When leopard came out they put in the new version of Spotlight which doesn't search files in the system folder! I installed the pithhelemt extension for safari, and it totally messed up safari's ability to close any windows. So now I have to uninstall it, but now there's no way to search for files within the sytem folder!

    This is so lame! I need to search my system folder to be able to uninstall bad programs!

  2. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
  3. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    I use EasyFind for occasional off-the-track searches.

  4. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Even when I added the system folder, spotlight still doesn't return any results for files that are in there.

    YES!!! That worked perfectly! Thank you!!!

    I used EasyFind to search for "pith" and it found all the pithhelmet files in the system folder, and a couple of associated files I searched for, and I restarted and safari was fixed!

    Thank you!

    To anyone considering installing pith helmet, don't do it. It's website says it's compatible with leopard, but it isn't, it completely messed up safari's ability to close windows. And the bug wasn't even listed in pithelmet's website's list of 'known bugs.' And it has no uninstaller, and it has no info on the website about how to unintall it. And since it's not an application, rather it's a hack that changes the behavior of another application, there's no application icon to just drag to the trash. I even mailed the developer and told him his code seriously messed up my safari and asked how to uninstall it, and he didn't even write back. Use pith helmet at your own risk.

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