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Alfred won't find any app I search for to launch. I do see that there have been threads about this before but, so far as I can tell, those seem to be cases where neither Alfred nor Spotlight can find them. And in my case, Spotlight is working fine.

 

I'm on the latest version of Alfred but this has happened since I moved to macOS Mojave and a new boot drive. I thought at first it was an indexing thing and that it would sort itself out but not so far. And as I say, Spotlight finds everything right away so the indexing appears complete.

 

Thanks for any help,

William

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Thanks. It's *all* apps and they are all in the regular Applications folder. 

 

Regardless of any app I search for, it gives me the option to search Google and so on instead of my Mac.

 

William

 

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Got you. What happens after you run the "reload" command in Alfred? Does that help?

 

Can you also check your Search Scope in Alfred Preferences > Features > Default Results? Make sure that /Applications is in the list.

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On 10/2/2018 at 9:24 AM, Vero said:

@WilliamGallagher Could you please install the Alfred metadata tool and drag one of your apps to it?

 

https://cachefly.alfredapp.com/tools/AlfredMetadataTool_v1.1.zip

 

If you could please paste the output here so that we can take a look, I'm curious to see whether the file types are correct for your apps. 

 

Cheers,
Vero

 

Oooh, that's very interesting. Look:

 

/Applications/Final Draft 11.app

Unable to obtain metadata for this file!

Raw mdls File Metadata
======================

/Applications/Final Draft 11.app: could not find /Applications/Final Draft 11.app.
 

Thanks for the tool: I don't understand why it's not getting metadata when I can open and run that app just fine, but it's a big clue, isn't it?

 

deanishe I've also tried the Reload command and it doesn't seem to have made a difference yet now I'm not surprised.

 

One more thing I've found that's nothing to do with Alfred but is another clue: Apple Mail won't find any old emails I search for. There's something seriously wrong here, isn't there?

 

I don't know what to do next but thanks for clearing up that it, presumably, isn't Alfred.

 

William

 

 

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On 10/5/2018 at 9:38 AM, deanishe said:

It's not Alfred. Your system's metadata index is messed up.

It's not the issue of the system index because I have the same problem with alfred's searching tool. Some of the apps cannot be found by it, especially the newly installed. Same thing happens to the file search. I tried to rebuild the system index but nothing changed, while Spotlight works fine. 

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