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It's clear that Spotllight saves, in its metadata store, basic metadata (kMDItemFS* attributes) for all files in the file system.
It is also clear that Spotlight does not extract or save more than this basic metadata from certain directory hierarchies, e.g. /System, /private, and others. Accordingly these directories cannot be searched from the Spotlight icon or window, and can only be searched on a lmited basis using Find, primarily via Raw Query.
While I have reviewed the available documentation extensively, the only reference I have found that provides a clue as to what Spotlight indexes (and hence enables for searh) by default is AppleCare Knowledge Base document 301533, "Mac OS X 10.4: Where does Spotlight search?"
That document is incomplete since Spotlight searches will also return matches in /Applications, for example.
Can we get:
1. A comprehensive list of either:
- The directories from which Spotlight extracts more than basic metadata by default, and hence those which can be searched using the Spotlight icon or window.
- The directories from which Spotlight does not extract more than basic metadata by default, and hence those that cannot be searched using the Spotlight icon or window.
2. Information on where this default include or exclude list is saved in the system?
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