"Find" Doesn't find Mac OS Updates on all volumes

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Nick Naym, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Nick Naym

    Nick Naym Guest

    I just downloaded the OS 10.5.5 Combo Update (in view of all the mouse
    problems folks have been having), to be sure I had access to it when I move
    off of 10.5.4. As soon as I began the download, I realized that I already
    had downloaded the combo once before (the .dmg file was in my Downloads
    folder). (In fact, I had previously downloaded and saved _all_ of the
    combos, from 10.5.4 through 10.5.6)

    After the download, I noticed the following:

    Instead of showing up as a _second_ .dmg file in my Downloads folder (which
    is what I expected), it only appeared as a volume in my main Device list.

    I then did a Find, to see where else said file might be located (I have
    several external drives). Strangely, it didn't show up _anywhere_ -- even
    though I have a SuperDuper! clone of my drive sitting in an external.

    I then returned to my Download folder and discovered that the 10.5.5 .dmg
    had "mysteriously" vanished! I then checked my clone and found that it was
    happily sitting there. Puzzled, I nevertheless copied it over back to my
    internal drive.

    I launched another Find -- this time on "MacOSXUpdCombo10.5." -- to see if
    it would find the 10.5.4, 10.5.5,an 10.5.6 .dmg files that I now have
    residing on both drives. It did NOT. **Only the 10.5.4 .dmg file shows up as
    being located on both drives; the 10.5.5 and 10.5.6 .dmg files only are
    "found" on my internal drive.**

    I did a random check of other files in my Download folder, and it appers
    that _some_ of them (among the samples I chose) were also similarly
    affected: I found a copy of some on both my internal and SuperDuper! Drives,
    but others only on my internal drive.

    So the questions seem to be:

    1. What happened to that original copy of the 10.5.5 Combo Update .dmg file
    that "suddenly vanished" from my internal drive?

    2. Why isn't Spotlight locating some files on my SuperDuper! drive?
    Nick Naym, Jan 15, 2009
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  2. I expect you know this, but just in case: The 10.5.6 combo updater is a
    superset of the 10.5.5 combo, which is a superset of the 10.5.4....
    Unless you have a reason to believe you'll want to roll back, any combos
    that predate the most recent one are strictly redundant.

    Oh, and while I'm typing: What mouse problems?
    You might want to turn off the "Open 'safe' files" setting in your
    Here's my thought on the matter: The cloning method you're using is
    resulting in data being on the external drive that confuses the
    Spotlight indexing engine and so the index for the external drive is
    useless *and* preventing useful indexing from taking place. I know that
    cloning causes problems for certain "standard" directories, and this
    might be a related issue.
    In all honesty, that one is most likely user error.
    Gregory Weston, Jan 15, 2009
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  3. Nick Naym

    Nick Naym Guest

    Yes, I was aware (JR 'splained that to me a while back. ;) )

    Why (i.e., what does it do)? (Esepcially since I haven't touched that
    setting before, and I've never had this kind of experience before.)

    So, are you saying that a search _may_ find files on my SuperDuper! drive,
    but not to count on it doing so? (FWIW, I just ran a "test" to see if I
    could find a file that I know is on both drives, using both the usual
    (Spotlight) search as well as an EasyFind search. EasyFind had no apparent
    difficulty locating it on both the internal and clone drives, but the usual
    Spotlight only was able to find it on the internal drive.

    That was my initial thought as well. But for the life of me, I can't imagine
    what I might've done. (I even searched the Trash as well other folders --
    manually and via EasyFind and Spotlight -- to see if I had inadvertently
    deleted it.)
    Nick Naym, Jan 15, 2009
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