SpotlightIndexer
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SpotlightIndexer will allow the user to easily index folders that may not currently be searched by Spotlight.
What's New
Version 0.2.2b:
  • Universal Binary
  • Force import is now the default preference
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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NaOH tipped on 05 Apr 2007
It seems Safari mistakenly downloads the file as a .dmg.bz2 file, rather than just a .dmg file.

This means that when you try to open it, the contents get hashed up by the unpacking process.

If you simply rename a Safari download to .dmg before opening, it opens fine.

The possibility is that the server the file has been hosted on, is configured to identify .dmg files as .bz2 in the MIME information. This would cause Safari to dutifully mark the file with the .bz2 file extension.
[Version 0.2.2b]

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Kelley Computing (developer) replied on 10 Apr 2007
The original SpotlightIndexer disk image has been replaced with a gzip formatted disk image, which should be more compatble with most web browsers than the bz2 format.

Thanks to everyone for the feedback!
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macsterdam reviewed on 01 Apr 2007
Fantastic news - thanks you very much!!
[Version 0.2.2b]


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mbrand tipped on 19 Feb 2007
Hi. I would love to see a properly working universal version of this app.
[Version 0.2.1b]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 19 Feb 2007
Chances are much better the developer will get your message if you email him. He very likely does not check these posts very often.

Use this link:

http://www.kelleycomputing.net:16080/contact/
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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Oct 2005
Fantasicto! I can finally really search my whole drive with Spotlight.
[Version 0.2.1b]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Aug 2005
Perhaps I don't get the hype, but this seems like a click n drool version of "mdimport -f".

Apple has had the functionality there throughout Tiger, not exposing this to the GUI probably keeps the average computer user from doing things that would otherwise cause Spotlight to lag (more than it already does) without advantage (to said user).
[Version 0.1.1b]

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neutralzone replied on 10 May 2006
You forget that "click 'n' drool," as you say, is the entire reason for Mac OS X to exist. If it were not for the GUI, people like me would never use a Mac and you might as well stick to Linux. A utility with a GUI is one I can use.

I can also use the command line, but the options are not as well exposed and precise syntax is necessary. In short, more work. For many regular users, if it's not in the GUI, it doesn't exist.
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2005
I'm so happy I find this utility. I was swearing about Spotlight before because it could't find but one tenth of the files I have on my HD, so it was totaly useless for me. After running this, I can find anything.
Thanks very much for this.
[Version 0.1b]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jun 2005
This app is great!
Now I truly can find any file on my hard drive without frustration! This cool utility lets you break through the limitations Apple has put on it's innovative system-wide search function, so can have full control of your Spotlight searches!
[Version 0.1b]

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Anonymous commented on 02 Aug 2005
Apple set the limitations there for a purpose!
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Kelley Computing (developer) replied on 02 Aug 2005
In talking to Apple Developers, I have discovered that they would LIKE to import the developer documentation (which is not imported by Spotlight), but can't find a way for the results to be posted based on relevence rankings.

I personally needed searchable access to this documentation, and that is reason enought to import these directories.

The biggest reason that Apple doesn't Import information from system directories is the same (and frustrating) reason that they disable searches in the "System" directory in 10.3.

Although this (limiting searches) is a great fix for keeping people out of places they don't normally belong, it is crippling for software developers, and those who have to be more in touch with the system.

With Spotlight, the only way to get access to the "System" directory for searches is to force an import of the folder contents, while the user could search specific places in 10.3, there is no way to do this (without forcing import) in 10.4.
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bobmac had trouble on 01 Apr 2007
Okay, I ran the chron scripts, cleaned user caches, repaired disc permissions, restarted and still get a message the dmg has no usable files. Drat. Running 10.4.9 on a MacBook Pro.
[Version 0.2.2b]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 01 Apr 2007
Does the downloaded file have the dreaded .bz2 suffix on it? If so, remove that .bz2 suffix and the .dmg will mount.
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bobmac replied on 01 Apr 2007
The file had "dreaded b2Z" suffix - downloading and trying the dmg with no further extension - thanks!
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bobmac had trouble on 01 Apr 2007
I've downlooaded this three times and each time get a message saying the file has no mountable disk!
[Version 0.2.2b]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 01 Apr 2007
Just checked it, downloaded it and the .dmg mounts, no trouble. Maybe clear your browser cache, quit/relaunch your browser, try again to download/mount the .dmg. Maybe just restart your Mac... or maybe it is time to run your system utils. Who knows...
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Downloads:8,735
Version Downloads:4,591
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:01 Apr 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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