Join Kevin Skoglund for an in-depth discussion in this video Spotlight integration: Searching metadata, part of Unix for Mac OS X Users.
Spotlight is a fast and powerful Macintosh find tool that's based on file metadata.…We can access Spotlight from the command line too and I'm going to be honest with you.…This isn't my first choice for finding files.…Most times if I'm working in the Finder I need to find something based on…metadata and typically going to go up here to the Spotlight menu in the upper…right corner and type my query there. And most times if I'm working in Unix in…the command line, I'm going to tend to use find and rep, but there are times…when you really need Unix to have access to the metadata of the Spotlight keeps.…
So let's see how we can use it from the command line.…The command that we're going to using is mdfind. The md stands for metadata.…Now the metadata for file contains much more information about the file than we…normally have access to from the command line.…As an example, let's say that you have an MP3 or a song that you've purchased on…iTunes. Well that has a file name. It's probably the same name as the song and we…
- Moving around the file system
- Creating and reading files
- Copying, moving, renaming, and deleting files and directories
- Creating hard links and symbolic links
- Understanding user identity, file ownership, and sudo
- Setting file permissions with alpha and octal notation
- Changing the PATH variable
- Using the command history
- Directing input and output
- Configuring the Unix working environment
- Searching and replacing using grep and regular expressions
- Manipulating text with tr, sed, and cut
- Integrating with the Finder, Spotlight, and AppleScript
Skill Level Beginner
1. Introduction to Unix
2. Filesystem Basics
3. Working with Files and Directories
4. Ownership and Permissions
5. Commands and Programs
6. Directing Input and Output
7. Configuring Your Working Environment
8. Unix Power Tools
9. Useful Mac-Only Commands and Techniques
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