Let me start by saying that I hate OS X’s Spotlight. It willingly turns a blind eye to system files, which (like so much else for the Mac) is a solution that satisfies 90% of users, but does nothing for the other 10%: people like me, who need to edit httpd.conf, php.ini, and other files the OS prefers you ignore.
So in lieu of Spotlight, I have been trying to use
find, albeit with mixed results. That changed when I found the terminal command
mdfind — it’s Spotlight that actually searches your whole computer. What a relief! And it’s simple to use:
> mdfind php.ini
was all it took to find
Find without arbitrary limitations. Amazing!