Mail, Address Book, and Spotlight
In my experience, Spotlight rarely finds what I am looking for. I also don’t like the idea of using what I consider a somewhat significant amount of storage space for a metadata index. So long ago, I turned Spotlight off, and started using EasyFind, which I am perfectly happy with.
I recently tried using Mail, rather than a Web interface. I can’t auto-complete any email addresses, or use any nicknames. Am I correct in assuming this is because Spotlight is off?
The strange thing is, when I create a Group in Address Book, Mail is able to recognize the Group when I type it into the To: field (but I have to type the entire name - again, no auto-complete). However, when I try to Expand the Group, the Group disappears instead. Any idea what’s going on here?
Most importantly, if I want to restore functionality to Mail, which folder(s) do I need to allow Spotlight to access? ~/Library/Mail, and ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Metadata? Any others? Do I need the former if I don’t care about Mail’s search function?
That’s going to be a long list of folders for Spotlight not to search.