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Brain-Dead Spotlight Search for Source Code Files

This behavior changed in macOS Big Sur AFAIK. It drives me crazy. I have not found a way to make it work as it used to.

I write code (java mostly, but other stuff too). To open a source file I frequently rely on Spotlight to open a file.

A beautiful thing—if I want to open LensParser.java, I’d start typing “LensP...” and up pops LensParser.java, I hit ENTER, and I’m now looking at the file in my text editor BBEdit.

So far so good. But for various reasons, I sometimes have the full source file name. Using that, Spotlight figures that I want to do a useless web page search for lensparser.java, which does not exist—it’s just some useless web search link.

I sometimes wonder how many people Apple hires whose jobs it is to figureout how to degrade usability.

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