Swimming with the Razorfishes

Thursday, April 05, 2007


More poking around with Google Desktop.

The index for my laptop's drive is less than 6 meg total. Nice and compact.

On a strange note did anyone notice that Google Desktop installs an InputManager:

Meat-Click:~ eric$ ls -las /Library/InputManagers/GoogleModLoader
total 8
0 drwxrwxr-x 4 root admin 136 Mar 14 19:54 .
0 drwxrwxr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 14 19:54 ..
0 drwxr-xr-x 3 root admin 102 Mar 14 19:54 GoogleModLoader.bundle
8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root admin 428 Mar 14 19:54 Info

I thought Apple was getting rid of InputManagers in the next version of the OS. Regardless, this is kind of odd.

Also, did anyone notice that it also installs a kernel extension?

Meat-Click:~ eric$ kextstat | grep goog
114 0 0x3dbfe000 0x6000 0x5000 com.google.driver.GDFSNotifications (1.0.0) <6 5 4 3 2>

That strikes me as really weird. It would be cool if Google explained why the software needs a kext.


  • maybe is a kernel extension to get the filesystem change notifications to keep the index up to date? I do not know if MacOS X, unlike XP, exposes those notifications to user-space processes.

    By Anonymous k.d., at 12:24 PM  

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