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Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 24, 2006 10:05AM
1) Seems to take forever

2) Doesn't actually find the right hits, including even those which have your search term in the filename (!)

3) Faster just to find things yourself

Any ways to fix this, and/or make it better, and/or do away with it entirely?

I tried the "hack" that was given (I think) in MacWorld at one point, but it didn't seem to work properly...




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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: February 24, 2006 10:14AM
I'll add these...

4) It doesn't index most of the folders on your hard drive;

5) It can't be configured to ignore all new drives or removable media;

6) It can't easily be turned off;

7) You can't revert to the old Finder search;

8) It only indexes a few kinds of files;

9) It doesn't save your favorite search settings;

10) Using it properly requires learning a new programming language.
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: spearmint
Date: February 24, 2006 10:16AM








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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 24, 2006 10:20AM
No complaints here. Maybe you need to delete your current Spotlight Index and build a new one. I do this about once a month and it helps.

Here's a great utility for it: [www.macupdate.com] . You can also use this to turn Spotlight off.

FWIW, I've not had the problems you're noting. I use it constantly. YMMV, of course.
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: February 24, 2006 10:24AM
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: February 24, 2006 10:34AM
> WIW, I've not had the problems you're noting.

'Ever try to find something in your Classic System Folder or in /var/tmp using Spotlight?
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: karsen
Date: February 24, 2006 10:43AM
Before Tiger was released I thought Spotlight would be the best new feature. After using it a couple weeks I determined that it sucks and I turned it off.

Dashboard has become the best new feature introduced in Tiger in my opinion while Spotlight is nothing but a waste of space and time.

I use Namely [www.versiontracker.com] for launching apps and EasyFind for searching [www.versiontracker.com].
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: bangman
Date: February 24, 2006 10:52AM
I haven't heard the word "sucky" since 4th grade.

I'm still laughing.



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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 24, 2006 10:57AM
Ah, Classic. Sorry, I don't even have a Classic folder. Didn't realize this was an issue.

EasyFind is a cool app; I was using it before I started using Spotlight.

As always, YMMV, eh?


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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 24, 2006 11:17AM
bangman, the use of the word "sucky" was intentional, and entirely reasonable in this context. It's one thing to add or introduce a "feature" which maybe needs tweaking... that I can live with. It's another to *replace* one thing, which actually worked pretty well, with one that doesn't. A big step backward, IMHO.

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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/24/2006 11:21AM by PeterB.
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 24, 2006 11:36AM
Whatever the case, that's a cool frog. My kids love that picture.

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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: February 24, 2006 11:46AM
Zoid, I assume you've seen my other ones... if not, STF and you'll find them... froggies are (mostly) pretty photogenic.




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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Robo
Date: February 24, 2006 11:54AM
Spotlight is a joke for me. I have the same problem that I'll search a folder for a filename. Spotlight doesn't find it. I scroll through the folder and find it myself. I have problems using it within Mail where it simply doesn't find emails I know exist and later find myself. I wish they could just license and update the code to fetch, an old classic program which worked amazingly well.
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Kiva
Date: February 24, 2006 12:03PM
i had a lot of problems/complaints with spotlight from the beginning. I did all the spotlight directory resetting, etc. to no avail. I then ran Disk Warrior and found out my directory was so screwed up that it was causing the problem. Fixed it and I've been good ever since..

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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: jonny
Date: February 24, 2006 12:43PM
Spotlight - Sucks.
Spotless - Doesn't work.
Tiger - on it's fifth update and still this feature is broken for many, many people.
Apple - WTF???
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Silencio
Date: February 24, 2006 01:28PM
I too got frustrated with Spotlight. Went back to using LaunchBar and all is well in the universe once again.
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Re: Why is Spotlight so sucky?
Posted by: Kramerica
Date: February 24, 2006 07:26PM
Quicksilver is amazing. I have it set to Option-space with Spotlight set to Cmd-space.
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