OS X search function

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Ploki, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Ploki macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    i have TONS of deleted software, but preferences stay... and the search wont dig into them. where can i change preferences so i can search through "protected" files as well?
  2. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
  3. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    I don't know how to rectify your problem but for the future I would recommend running AppTrap, that way when you put the apps in the Trash it searches and deletes all of the associated pref files you describe. And it's free. :)
  4. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    I 2nd AppTrap, for a free app it's really good ;)
  5. yeroen macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2007
    Cambridge, MA
    Now may be a good time to learn your way around the terminal and UNIX, which will allow you a thousand things no one gui app would do. For searching for files, I usually use the locate utility:

    cd /usr/libexec
    sudo ./locate.updatedb

    after prompting for your password, this constructs the locate database. After which simply type in

    locate pattern

    where pattern matches a string you want to search for. For example

    locate plist | grep -i aperture

    returns the pathnames of all plist files (preferences, etc) files on the system belonging to Aperture.
  6. Ploki thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jan 21, 2008
    thank you guys.. i had "appcleaner", but it just doesnt work for AU plugins.

    yeroen thanks, i got some fileS, but i still didnt find it. thats because its probably not there in the first place :D thanks anyway, very useful tip! i hate it that "search" doesnt go through preferences.. :S
  7. aLoC macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    You may not need search to remove programs, because there is only a few places where apps typically install stuff. Use Finder to check these folders.

    <your home dir>/Library/Application Support
    <your home dir>/Library/Preferences
    <your home dir>/Library/PreferencePanes
    <your home dir>/Library/Internet Plug-Ins

    <root of hard drive>/Library/Application Support
    <root of hard drive>/Library/Preferences
    <root of hard drive>/Library/PreferencePanes
    <root of hard drive>/Library/Internet Plug-Ins

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