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Find a file in OS X Leopard? Spotlight not finding it...

Asked by djbyron (152points) March 16th, 2008

I’m trying to find a file on my wife’s macbook that I know exists but can’t find it in spotlight. I’m pretty new to OS X so I’m not sure if there’s another utility that I can use to find this file (third party). Windows let’s you search in real time vs. Spotlight’s indexing service.. Is there a real-time search built into Leopard maybe?

I know the file exists because Mozy is backing it up… I just want to find it and delete it because it’s a dmg that I don’t need not to mention it’s 4+GB!

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squirbel's avatar

You can open a Finder window, and type it in the upper-right to search. That is the live search for OSX.

Spotlight is different, it’s in the upper-right of the entire screen.

djbyron's avatar

Hmmm… the finder search seems to be just as fast, as if it is searching an index rather than the drive itself… Still no luck on finding the file..

djbyron's avatar

I think I figured it out… There was a second user setup and the file existed within the trash bin of another user… Mozy was set to backup that user as well and obviously spotlight couldn’t find the file when logged in under another profile…

Sorry guys false alarm.. Looking at the Mozy log files tipped me off to the problem.

Spargett's avatar

There’s alot of apps that will cataloge all the files on a Mac, then lay them out in color coated blocks relative to size.

This always helps me find and delete large rogue files.

chaosrob's avatar

You might also have tried the “locate” command in the Terminal. Once the locate database is updated, it finds pretty much everything on the system. Do “man locate” in Terminal for more info on triggering a database update and using the command. Do “locate <yourfilename>” without the brackets to locate the file. Do “locate <filename> | grep <partofthepathname>” to help reduce the number of results, if you get too many.

winblowzxp's avatar

Behold the power of UNIX.

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