Hello @Tim West-Heiss,
Thank you for writing to the community.
The search on MAC machines is done by spotlight search.
To use spotlight search the disc has to be indexed. Only physically connected drives are automatically indexed on a MAC. If you want to index network drive you have to trigger it forcefully. This is an OS level challenge that we are facing to get this to work.
We are planning on adding a search capability to the Desktop App - since the files aren't stored locally on the user's computer we can't use the built-in search of the operating system, so we'll be adding our own search interface that uses the same search technology as we have on the Web and Mobile apps.
This was already asked by a few Egnyte users and you can find the related post in the Ideas section. You can add your vote here.
Is there any progress on this? It is challenging not being able to search on the Mac Desktop when using Egnyte Connect. Thanks.
While this is a nice feature, it does not solve the issue: Egnyte still can't expose its files to Spotlight indexing, so everything that relies on Spotlight on macOS is still broken. Given that OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive all manage to handle this fine, this is disappointing (note that Google Drive and OneDrive and Box all implement "on demand" files so the whole network drive isn't downloaded locally...but indexing still works).
This is really only partly solved (unless I'm missing something). I can't see a way to drill down in my search parameters to search only in a specific folder, and/or for a specific file type. It seems as though it is a simple, broad, name-based search of all my files. It's better than nothing, but it's actually pretty crude compared to being able to use Spotlight to search the previous version of the app. Are there any plans to make that function more robust?
I like to add one more issue here. I should be able to search folders that have been selected for offline access. I have my private folder setup for offline access, this creates a local copy on my hd but i still cannot search it with spotlight. The built-in Egnyte Drive search should allow to select Private or Shared when searching. The search is useless without being able to drill down on specific folders when you have TB's of data.
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