On OS X 10.7, whenever I create something in Inform 7 (6L38), the file winds up somewhere completely inaccessible to normal file-handling. When I do a file search in the finder, or in a pop-up menu in another application (for instance, when browsing files to attach to a post in this forum), the file will never show up in the search even if I type the exact file name.
The only solution I’ve ever found has been to copy the original file to a more public location (like my Documents folder) and then find it from the web form, but this seems bad, both because it’s inconvenient and because it can desynchronize the file I’m sending from the one I’m working on.
Do any Mac users have better solutions for file handling, so the Finder and other file search windows will be able to find the files I’m working on where they get saved?
Those extensions are also all invisible to the search functions.
However, now that you mention it, I can go through the file path on this browser window (at least) and find the extension that way, rather than search on the title. I wish I could use the search function but this should do for me for now. Thanks!
No, I’m using the one from the inform7 website. I think it’s just that the Library is hidden. (I think there’s a Terminal command to do something along the lines of exposing the Library to searches, and I thought I had run it, but maybe not.)
Oh right, they’re both there. I’m almost positive it’s not the Mac App Store one, though; I have a disk image called “I7-6L38-OSX.dmg” on my hard drive and not one called “I7-6L38-OSX-MAS.dmg”, which I think means that I had the original download rather than the Mac App Store one.
Those are good tips, and I’ve done what you said with the Extensions folder, but the critical issue was not so much being able to open up stuff from the desktop as being able to get to stuff from search windows (for instance, in the file dialogue box that pops up when I try to attach something to a post in this forum, or when I try to upload something to a web form like the ParserComp entry). Having the Extensions folder in the sidebar doesn’t seem to make the extensions available to those search functions, or let them show up in All My Files which is something I often use to find the most recent thing I was working on.
It does make it easier to navigate it directly to them, though, so that’s good. I just have to change my habits for how I attach things.
OK. You can do a search including system files but I haven’t tried integrating this permanently into Spotlight.
Here’s how to do a one-off search.
In the Finder:
With luck you will see a line that has 2 dropdown menus saying ‘Kind’ is ‘Any’. If you don’t have a line, click the + button to make one.
Now, change ‘Kind’ to ‘System files’
The default option is ‘aren’t included’. Change to ‘are included’
Now type your search term in the search box that is a part of this window - NOT the top corner spotlight box. This can locate files in Inform Extensions folder, etc.
Once you’ve done that once, you’ll find it’s not as fiddly as it sounds above. But you could further experiment with Spotlight’s preferences in ‘System Preferences’. For instance there is a tickable ‘Other’ box, which I haven’t verified what it does yet. There is also a tickable ‘System Preferences’ box, but I’m not sure if that is literally just the preferences folder (it probably is) or a broader System Files preference. And when you change overall Spotlight prefs like this, it helps if you let it start indexing before you test the search.
You can make the Library folder visible in Finder by opening a Finder window on your home directory and hitting “Show View Options” (cmd-J). There’s a checkbox for “Show Library Folder”. I suspect this doesn’t affect search behavior though.