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I'm running Nix-Darwin and I just upgraded ... but the relevant point is suddenly I can't seem to find Visual Studio Code any where unless I start with `'`

Option 1:




Option 2


In the directory itself it does have a leading `'`


I've tried all 3 options for Applications and nothing seems to do what I want. Maybe I need it to re-index?



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Starting Diagnostics...

File: 'Visual Studio Code.app'
Path: '/Users/jstein/Applications/Home Manager Trampolines'


Check file cache database...

File cache integrity is ok


Check if file is readable...

Alfred has permissions to read this file.

Unix Permissions: 493
Underlying Type: NSFileTypeDirectory
Extended Attributes: (


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

Indexing is enabled on this drive


Check direct file metadata...

Direct metadata available

Display Name: Visual Studio Code
 Other Names: Visual Studio Code.app
Content Type: com.apple.application-bundle
   Last Used: 


Check mdls file metadata...

Metadata contains required items

_kMDItemDisplayNameWithExtensions  = "Visual Studio Code.app"
kMDItemAlternateNames              = (
    "Visual Studio Code.app"
kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier          = "com.microsoft.VSCode"
kMDItemContentCreationDate         = 2024-06-12 21:43:52 +0000
kMDItemContentCreationDate_Ranking = 2024-06-12 00:00:00 +0000
kMDItemContentModificationDate     = 2024-06-12 21:43:52 +0000
kMDItemContentType                 = "com.apple.application-bundle"
kMDItemContentTypeTree             = (
kMDItemCopyright                   = ""
kMDItemDateAdded                   = 2024-06-12 21:43:52 +0000
kMDItemDescription                 = ""
kMDItemDisplayName                 = "Visual Studio Code"
kMDItemDocumentIdentifier          = 0
kMDItemExecutableArchitectures     = (
kMDItemFSContentChangeDate         = 2024-06-12 21:43:52 +0000
kMDItemFSCreationDate              = 2024-06-12 21:43:52 +0000
kMDItemFSCreatorCode               = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags               = 0
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon             = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible                 = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden         = 1
kMDItemFSIsStationery              = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel                     = 0
kMDItemFSName                      = "Visual Studio Code.app"
kMDItemFSNodeCount                 = 1
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID              = 20
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID               = 501
kMDItemFSSize                      = 2455696
kMDItemFSTypeCode                  = ""
kMDItemInterestingDate_Ranking     = 2024-06-12 00:00:00 +0000
kMDItemKeywords                    = ""
kMDItemKind                        = "Application"
kMDItemLogicalSize                 = 2455696
kMDItemPhysicalSize                = 2523136
kMDItemVersion                     = "1.90.0"


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File exists within Alfred's default search scope


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macOS returned a match for this file in your search scope.

File Search Results for search scope (
    "[0] /System/Volumes/Data/Users/jstein/Applications/Home Manager Trampolines/Visual Studio Code.app"

File Search Results for ~/ (
    "[0] /System/Volumes/Data/Users/jstein/Applications/Home Manager Trampolines/Visual Studio Code.app"

File Search Results for / (
    "[0] /System/Volumes/Data/Users/jstein/Applications/Home Manager Trampolines/Visual Studio Code.app"


Troubleshooting passed

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@jeffsui Due to the way you've cropped the screenshot, I'm not able to see whether you have a scroll bar in your first screenshot. If you remove folders from your default search scope temporarily, does Visual Studio Code appear in default results at all?


Is the ~/Applications/Home Manager Trampolines/ a normal folder or a management tool folder of some sort? I have VSC installed, and it's directly in the Applications folder, not in this intermediary folder, and I've looked online and found no references to it.


The "easy" band-aid solution is to create a mini workflow with a keyword to it:



However, it would be preferable to work out why it isn't showing up in your default results.

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