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Alfred cannot locate the Things app


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So Alfred is having no problem locating any app other than the task manager app "Things". It is newly downloaded, I reset the search scope, etc, but it will not work. I dropped the app under file search troubleshooting and this is what I got:


Starting Diagnostics...

File: 'Things3.app'
Path: '/Applications'


Check file cache database...

File cache integrity is ok


Check if file is readable...

Alfred has permissions to read this file.


Check if volume '/' is indexed by macOS...

Indexing is enabled on this drive


Check direct file metadata...

⚠️ Direct metadata is missing, this file is likely not indexed by macOS

Display Name: 
 Other Names: 
Content Type: 
   Last Used: 


Check mdls file metadata...

macOS metadata missing essential items

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          = ""


Troubleshooting failed


Anyone know what to do?



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What I generally do when Alfred doesn’t find a newly-installed app is launch it via file navigation mode, i.e. enter /Applications/Things in Alfred and launch the app. Alfred will always find it after that, but I’ve never checked if there was missing metadata…


To force macOS/Spotlight to index the app, run mdimport /Applications/Things.app in Terminal.app.


After that, you’ll probably still need to enter /Applications/Things into Alfred to launch the app or reload to tell Alfred to refresh its cached list of applications.

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