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Re: st: Spotlight & .do files (Mac Users)
On Nov 23, 2005, at 10:33 AM, Ronán Conroy wrote:
Spotlight does search the contents of do files, much to my relief.
I recently had to locate all Stata do files that defined or used a
particular variable to check for inconsistencies between different
people working on the same project. Spotlight ran them all to earth
in a trice.
A quick check on Stata's ado folder confirms it also searches ado
On Nov 29, 2005, at 1:07 PM, Eric G. Wruck wrote:
I just recently received the following update from Chinh Nguyen at
Just a little heads up. An Apple engineer relayed to me that the
fact Spotlight isn't indexing Stata's do-files (the ones without
the 'TEXT' file type) is a bug in Spotlight that probably won't be
fixed until the next major release. However, he offered some
untested (by him) suggestions that I will look into.
So, Ronán you may want to check that Spotlight is working for you
on recent .do files.
Just to be clear, the problem seems to occur (under OS X 10.4.3) only
for those files with a ".do" extension. For example:
$ touch foo.do
$ SetFile -t TEXT foo.do
$ mdimport -d1 foo.do
2005-11-29 22:44:23.293 mdimport Import '/Users/pschumm/Desktop/
foo.do' type 'dyn.ah62d4um4ge80k52' no mdimporter
However, if we change the extension to ".ado" (or even ".doo", say):
$ mv foo.do foo.ado
$ mdimport -d1 foo.ado
2005-11-29 22:44:33.047 mdimport Import '/Users/pschumm/Desktop/
foo.ado' type 'com.apple.traditional-mac-plain-text' using 'file://
then the file is indexed using the standard rich text importer.
Interestingly, the same problem also seems to occur for files ending
in ".tex", which is a bit of a pain for those using TeX, LaTeX, etc.
One alternative would be to write an importer which specifically
claims files with a ".do" extension. However if this really is a bug
in Spotlight, hopefully it'll be fixed at some point. Of course, if
someone were so inclined, an importer to index .dta files (e.g., so
that you could search on variable names and labels, dataset labels,
etc.) would be nice...
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