Search for system files + wildcarding??

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Thrash911, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Thrash911 macrumors 6502

    Thrash911

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    #1
    Hey,

    Had an iMac for about half a year now, and I kbnow how most things work, and I LOVE OS X. But somethings come up..

    I used a file some time ago called "Eject.menu" which added an eject icon in the menu bar. I since removed it, and wanted to find it again. A simple search for the file yielded no results! I found it now, by looking around the folders manually. It was in "System->Library->CoreServices->Menu Extras". My questions..:

    I could not find this file by searching for it. I copied the file to the desktop, and then I could find it by search.. Are system folders excluded from search? How can I search for system files in system folders? When I search for files I wanna search ALL OVER the harddrive.

    How exactly does wildcarding work on a mac? For example, I try to search for jpg files with "*.jpg" but no results come up. If i just use "jpg" all the files with the ".jpg" extension do appear, but also files which may have "jpg" BEFORE the extension. How can I search for extensions only?

    Bump.. :)
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #2
    A picture can say more than a 1000 words, so here are 2:

    Picture 1.jpg

    Picture 2.jpg

    In short: the Find function (cmd-F) in Finder is much better than Spotlight at specific searches, IMO, and the System Folder is kind of a special Folder, so you need to specify when you want to search in it...

    ;)
     
  3. Thrash911 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Thrash911

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    #3
    Sorry, I didn't know bumping wasn't allowed. Thought it was a common thing on discussion boards. My apologies! ;)

    And thanks a lot for the great answer! Learned something new today! :)
     

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