Does MacPorts depend on Spotlight?

André-John Mas andrejohn.mas at
Wed Nov 17 21:41:18 UTC 2021

Either by trying to find an answer on the internet, where it was documented, someone else discovered it or already knew how to do something with the given command,
or using:

man -k <search term>

such as:

man -k spotlight

So in short, using the man command or an internet search.

> On 17 Nov, 2021, at 16:37, Dave Horsfall <dave at> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Nov 2021, Bill Cole wrote:
>>> Where are all these obscure commands documented?
>> /usr/share/man/man1/ and /usr/share/man/man8/ mostly...
> Perhaps I should've expressed it better :-)
> I've found all sorts of obscure commands (such as "security" and the aforementioned "mdutil") mentioned on this list; now, how am I supposed to know that they existed in the first place?  I cannot find any sign of an admin guide, and this 2nd-hand MacPro did not come with media.
> It seems that I have to look at all the manfiles and wonder what they do...
>> FWIW, 'apropos spotlight' will tell you that mdutil and mddiagnose exist.
> Sure, but my query was more of a general nature.
> -- Dave

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