Accessing Spotlight search on your iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad2

Spotlight is the application behind Apple’s search function in the Finder. Many people use Spotlight to search for misplaced files, but there is more to this powerful utility than finding a lost recipe. You can also use Spotlight to search for files based on size and by the last time they were opened.

Your Mac may be the center of your world, holding vast amounts of applications, and files ranging from the last family get-together, to school homework, to important work presentations. Use Spotlight when you need to find something fast and easy.

Sometimes Spotlight does not find a file or a file’s contents when searching and re-indexing does not help with it. Spotlight Search is an awesome feature that lets you search your entire Mac or iOS device at once. When using this feature, you may not want a certain file type showing up in your search results. This is relatively simple to configure via the Settings app.

The culprit was a wrong permission on the file, which was generated when saving it from one Mac to another via Go Connect to Server. When trying to move such a file from one folder to another on the destination Mac, it always asked for the Administrator password.

Accessing Spotlight search on your iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad2

It turned out that such file had permissions as ‘Nobody Read and Write.’ Adding the Administrator as Read and Write did not help to find it with Spotlight. The workaround is to create a new folder, drag and drop the files or folders containing files that are not found by Spotlight, select this new folder, do File Get Info and check Apply to enclosing items to change the permissions.

Like magic, a second later Spotlight finds such files and their contents. What I do not know is if there is a way to automatically find and repair the permissions of such files, other than doing it manually on a one-by-one basis, or for the whole user account home folder.  In this Apple Toolbox tutorial, we will be showing you how to configure Spotlight Search. This tutorial requires an iOS device running iOS 5.

Configuring Spotlight Search

To start, open the Settings app on your iPad, iPhone. Once it has completely launched, tap on the option titled General. This option is located towards the middle of the Settings app.

Accessing Spotlight search on your iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad2

Now, look towards the right-hand side of the screen. You will see an option labeled “Spotlight Search“. Tap on this option. You can now toggle the services that you would like to use with Spotlight. To turn an option on, tap on it. When you do this, a checkmark will appear next to the option. Do the same to turn the option off. Your iOS device comes with all of the options enabled, so it’s up to you to choose which ones you’d like to turn off.

Accessing Spotlight search on your iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad2

Managing Spotlight – Mac OS X

Spotlight To start, launch System Preferences. Once this app has completely launched, look towards the top of the window where you will see a header labeled Personal. Under this header you will see an option labeled Spotlight. Click on this option.

Make sure the Search Results tab is selected. Look towards the center of the screen. You will see all of the file types on your Mac. You can now select and deselect file types that show up in Spotlight search. You can do this by clicking on the checkbox that is located to the left-hand side of the option.

Accessing Spotlight search on your iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPad2

Now, click on the Privacy tab. You can now add folders that you would like excluded from Spotlight Search. To do this, look towards the lower left-hand side of the screen. You will see a plus button. Click on this button to add folders that you would like excluded. To reinstate a folder, click the minus button.

Lastly, you can change Spotlight’s keyboard shortcut from this window. Simply look towards the bottom of the window, where you will see a options labeled Spotlight menu keyboard option and Spotlight window keyboard shortcut. You can configure these options to your liking.

I think I’ve seen something similar when copying between afp shares too, but over ab NFS mount, the default is to preserve the uid and gid of files. So if a user is uid 503 on the server, the user with that ID on the local machine owns the file. If there is no user 503 on the local machine then no one owns it.

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