Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger): Packages and disk images listed as ‘documents’ in Spotlight results

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
June 1st, 2005 • 4:33 am

This, to me, is something that doesn’t make much sense from a user’s point of view. When you search for a word or a phrase with Spotlight and the Spotlight results for this search include disk images or software packages (i.e. files ending with “.dmg” or “.pkg“), such files are listed in the Spotlight results window under the “Documents” category heading.

I realize that “Documents” is a “catch-all” kind of term. But it’s not the same as “files” — and I don’t see how these packages or disk images can be construed as “documents” by the end user.

Furthermore, if you do a search in the Finder and narrow it down by specify “Documents” as the “Kind” of files you are looking for, “.pkg” and “.dmg” files are not included in the results, even if they match all the other criteria!

So, are disk images and software packages documents or not? I think Apple needs to make up its mind.

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