How do you do a search for Everything in Leopard?

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  1. Passive101 macrumors regular

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    I wanted to quickly find the folder to put an eject button on my taskbar at the top of Leopard. The file I needed was in "coreservices"

    I tried spotlight and it doesn't find it. I clicked on finder and tried it there and it also did not find it.

    coreservices is a folder. Why does it not find it?

    I'm used to the windows search where it literally shows every file and folder. What can I change or how can I search more efficiently in the future?

    I went and used the file manually, but I'd rather have a faster quick search bring it up.
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Using locate or find in a Terminal window is sometimes better than them new fancy graphical thingies.. ;)

    Code:
    MacUser2525$ locate coreservices
    /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd
    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Versions/A/Resources/com.apple.coreservicesd.plist
    /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Versions/A/Support/coreservicesd
    /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.coreservices.uiagent.plist
    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.coreservicesd.plist
    
     
  3. Fiveos22 macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, as a non-linux, non-command line user who sometimes needs to tinker in the Terminal, that was very helpful.
     
  4. Passive101 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do I use the terminal window for this? Sorry I don't know how to use it.
     
  5. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You just open Terminal it is located in the Applications -> Utilities folder then type in the same thing I did (locate coreservices) hit the enter key and it should show you similar if not exactly the same lines of results I get here.
     
  6. Passive101 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok. I see that it finds the locations, but it's not quick and clickable.

    that's the first time I've ever used terminal. Neat. It looks liks DOS almost.
     
  7. PowerFullMac macrumors 601

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    This would be a cool mod: Terminal commands in Spotlight!

    Why not? You can do calculations, look up stuff in the dictionary etc. so why not UNIX commands? Would be useful! :)
     
  8. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it shows you the location of everything containing the string you search for. It is pretty quick if you already have a Terminal open that you can switch too, if you wanted to click on something I'm sure you could make an apple script to open Terminal having passed it some string to search for.
    First time for everything and it is the other way around actually DOS looks like it, the Unix command line came way before it.
     
  9. Wicker macrumors regular

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    I've always thought that would me an amazing thing to have... any chance of this actually happening (maybe in Snow Leopard)?
     
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  12. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    I always have a Terminal open so I doubt I would get much use but I can how others may want that for a quick one off. Didn't know about the calculator there until last week I have used this snippet I found in my .bashrc for years to give it a calculator function using bc.

    Code:
    calc()
    {
         echo $* | bc
    }
    That looks intersting going to have to give it a try next time I log out, thanks.

    You can learn easily enough if your interested in it just use Google there are tons of tutorials out there same applies to the command line as well since they both pretty much go hand in hand.
     
  13. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    You could just add the System Files option to your search.
    See the pic i attached.
     

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  14. Passive101 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How did you add the system folders to your search?
     
  15. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Click the little + button next to Save. It will bring up a line that says "Kind/Any." Click on Kind and choose Other from the menu. Find in that System Files and check the box on the right. From now on System Files will show up under the dropdown menu that you chose Other from.
     

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