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I'm having a similar issue.  I've got several files with Finder comments and Spotlight is able to find them, but Alfred is not.  

I've tried reloading the Alfred cache.  I've also upgraded from Alfred 3 to 4.  These files are located in /Applications (some are in sub-folders, such as /Setapp, but not all)


Any suggestions?  Thanks!


Here is the output from Alfred Metadata Tool:  https://pastebin.com/ePm0UheM


Below is a screenshot showing comments, Alfred, and Alfred Metadata Tool.


(link to screenshot: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9fpzjj8pk18d8v7/Screen_Shot_2019-06-10_at_4.21.02_PM.png?dl=0)

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Same issue here, i find for folder / documents (on a server connected wired)

Spotlight on server works properly

If i move a file (saved on server from my client) into Alfred Metadata Tool here's what i receive:

/Volumes/Studio/Scanner/Posizioni da controllare per indennizzi.ods

Internal File Metadata

 Display Name: Posizioni da controllare per indennizzi.ods
    Alt Names: 
    File Type: org.oasis-open.opendocument.spreadsheet
    Last Used: 2019-11-10 18:17:23 +0000

Raw mdls File Metadata

_kMDItemOwnerUserID            = 501
kMDItemContentCreationDate     = 2019-11-03 07:11:45 +0000
kMDItemContentModificationDate = 2019-11-03 07:11:45 +0000
kMDItemContentType             = "org.oasis-open.opendocument.spreadsheet"
kMDItemContentTypeTree         = (
kMDItemDateAdded               = 2019-11-03 07:11:10 +0000
kMDItemDisplayName             = "Posizioni da controllare per indennizzi.ods"
kMDItemFSContentChangeDate     = 2019-11-03 07:11:45 +0000
kMDItemFSCreationDate          = 2019-11-03 07:11:45 +0000
kMDItemFSCreatorCode           = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags           = 0
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon         = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible             = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden     = 0
kMDItemFSIsStationery          = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel                 = 0
kMDItemFSName                  = "Posizioni da controllare per indennizzi.ods"
kMDItemFSNodeCount             = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID          = 0
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID           = 501
kMDItemFSSize                  = 24572
kMDItemFSTypeCode              = ""
kMDItemKind                    = "ZIP archive"
kMDItemLastUsedDate            = 2019-11-10 18:17:23 +0000
kMDItemLogicalSize             = 24572
kMDItemPhysicalSize            = 24576
kMDItemUseCount                = 4
kMDItemUsedDates               = (
    "2019-11-05 23:00:00 +0000",
    "2019-11-06 23:00:00 +0000",
    "2019-11-09 23:00:00 +0000"


The searched items some times are not found in Alfred sometimes appears not first.

Any help please ?

I use last Alfred App.



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I've the same issue - Alfred can't find several apps in my /Applications folder. Using Alfred Metadata I'm getting:



Internal File Metadata

 Display Name: 
    Alt Names: 
    File Type: 
    Last Used: 

Raw mdls File Metadata

kMDItemFSContentChangeDate = (null)
kMDItemFSCreationDate      = (null)
kMDItemFSCreatorCode       = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags       = (null)
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon     = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible         = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden = (null)
kMDItemFSIsStationery      = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel             = (null)
kMDItemFSName              = (null)
kMDItemFSNodeCount         = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID      = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID       = (null)
kMDItemFSSize              = (null)
kMDItemFSTypeCode          = ""

Application (SourceTrail) can be found on github: https://github.com/CoatiSoftware/Sourcetrail

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@face have you added /Volumes/Studio/ to Alfred's default search scope? If you're on Catalina, Alfred will likely also need full disk access granted.


@Mateusz G the info you've provided shows that this file isn't being indexed by macOS. You'll need to reindex your Mac. Take a look at the troubleshooting here:



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@face How did you set up your Features > Default Results? Alfred will show the most relevant results for your search, and will learn from your usage (showing the most relevant results at the top)


I would recommend keeping only essential file types selected, but am guessing you've either added a lot of file types to the defaults, or ticked Unintelligent search. Keeping those results efficient is the best way to ensure you only get the results you want.


You can then expand your search to include more results by pressing the spacebar before your search.


You'll find more details in this guide:




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Hi @Vero,

here's in attach my setup.

I use massively these only 2 workflow to search for files / folders within the same shared folder 'Studio'.

I've now enabled - as suggested - 'Learning' checkbox.

But the issue is still here ..

Any more help please ?

I've read the guide but frankly i cannot understand why when search (for example a number) the folder with the number isn't shown ... ad first result but on third place ...




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