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Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
Aptmunich - "Spotlight can only search "inside" file types that it has a plugin for."

Then apologies all round. I knew this of Spotlight in Tiger but I thought Leopard had gone beyond that limitation by specifying the 'kind'. Sorry for mis-leading you stellman.

Does this limit apply to 'find' aswell?

mrplow
Afaik that is also the case.

The "traditional" find command would only used to be able to find files by file name. Spotlight has the ability to search through file contents, but in order to do so, it still has to be able to "open" the file and read through it.

Just like you won't be able to open .docx files without Word 2008, Spotlight can't read .spss files without a plugin.

The 'kind' operator lets you narrow down your search for files of a certain type, but without a plugin, Spotlight will only search for files of that type by their file name, metadata (e.g. 'get info' comments) and other OS-level file attributes.

In Leopard the "find" command basically is the same as using Spotlight.
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