Problem to solve: I want to search the contents of *.css and other text files with Spotlight.
In my previous blog post, I went into the Spotlight configuration file and told it to index certain file types like
dyn.ah62d4rv4ge80e8drru, which I had determined was *.css. This wasn't satisfying. Instead of telling Spotlight, I wanted a solution at the Mac OS level.
A typical way to use Emacs is to open lots of files as buffers. In the default Emacs setup, the command to switch to a file depends on whether the file is open:
|Not opened||C-x f||N/A|
I don't want to have to remember whether a file is open. Instead, I want the command to depend on whether I'm switching to a file or a non-file. I also want to find files without having to switch folders first, because I work on lots of small projects in different folders. I use these bindings:
|Opened||Cmd T||C-x b|
In a previous post, I described my previous attempt, using
helm-for-files to open files from many different directories, using
mdfind on Mac). As part of that, I improved my Mac OS mdfind setup to include all my text files. I was hoping that I could make mdfind fast and precise enough that I'd use it all the time. Unfortunately I couldn't get the queries to run faster than 300 milliseconds, and it didn't feel fast enough to run on every keystroke. There are other emacs packages to do this but I ended up with my own custom setup to make this: