mdfind - Man Page

Run Spotlight searches against an SMB server

Synopsis

mvxattr {server} {sharename} {query} [-p, --path] [-L, --live]

Description

This tool is part of the samba(1) suite.

mdfind is a simple utility to run Spotlight searches against an SMB server that runs the Spotlight mdssvc RPC service.

Options

server

The SMB server name or IP address to connect to.

sharename

The name of a share on the server.

query

The query expression syntax is a simplified form of filename globbing familiar to shell users. Queries have the following format:

attribute=="value"

For queries against a Samba server with Spotlight enabled using the Elasticsearch backend, the list of supported metadata attributes is given by the JSON attribute mapping file, typically installed at /usr/share/samba/mdssvc/elasticsearch_mappings.json

-p PATH, --path=PATH

Server side path to search, defaults to "/"

-L, --live

Query remains running.

Examples

Search all indexed metadata attributes, exact match:

      '*=="Samba"'

Search all indexed metadata attributes, prefix match:

      '*=="Samba*"'

Search by filename:

      'kMDItemFSName=="Samba*"'

Search by date:

      'kMDItemFSContentChangeDate<$time.iso(2018-10-01T10:00:00Z)'

Search files's content:

      'kMDItemTextContent=="Samba*"'

Expressions:

      kMDItemFSName=="Samba*"||kMDItemTextContent=="Tango*"'

See Also

File Metadata Search Programming Guide https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/Carbon/Conceptual/SpotlightQuery/Concepts/Introduction.html

Version

This man page is part of version 4.14.2 of the Samba suite.

Author

The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.

The mdfind manpage was written by Ralph Boehme.

Info

04/14/2021 Samba 4.14.2