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st: Re: Mac OS X: Make Spotlight search do-files


From   Steven Samuels <samplerx@earthlink.net>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Re: Mac OS X: Make Spotlight search do-files
Date   Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:47:54 -0500

On Nov 24, 2008, at 3:39 PM, Steven Samuels wrote:
>  These steps work at least in OS X 10.4.11. Can someone test them  
> in 10.5?
>

Phil Schumm informed me that in OS X 10.5, Spotlight searches do- 
files without any modification.

-Steve

> -
>
>
> My do files are text files, with extension ?.do?.  I usually search  
> for text snippests from within my text editor, so  I only recently  
> realized that the do-files were not being searched by Spotlight,  
> the OS X search application. Nor were  do-files created by Stata's  
> do-file editor  searched.  Phil Schumm wrote about this a few years  
> ago (http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2005-11/msg01047.html),  
> but didn't have a solution at that time.
>
> Here are the steps I took to make all do-files searchable. These  
> steps work at least in OS X 10.4.11. Can someone test them in 10.5?
>
> 1. Identify the do-files to Spotlight , as detailed in the  
> following post:
>
> http://www.mail-archive.com/bbedit-talk@barebones.com/msg01683.html
>
> You will need to modify a system file, so be sure to first make a  
> copy of it.
>
> Notes:
> 1.1 The Spotlight Folder referred to in the post is inside the  
> Library Folder of the root folder named "System", visible if you  
> double click on the your main hard drive. (There is another  
> Spotlight Folder inside the root Library Folder; ignore it.)
>
> 1.2. In OS X 10.4.11, the Spotlight file type for the do files is  
> ?com.stata.stata?.
>
> 2. Force Spotlight to re-index your hard drive, as follows: (Quoted  
> from: http://www.dslreports.com/faq/13123)
>
> "Have Spotlight reindex the entire computer. Do it at night before  
> you go to bed -- it'll be done when you wake up. Here's the command  
> line way to do it:
>
> Step 1: Open Terminal.app
>
> Step 2: Type in: sudo mdutil -E /
>
> Step 3: You'll be prompted for the admin password. Enter it. "
>
>
>
> -Steve
>
> -246-0774

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