It would seem not. I tried with the older MESS I had (0.129) and it just searches forever.
It's a pain these don't work although I seem to be able to use a combinations of new and old versions to do what I want but there's no doubt been some fixes since the 0.129.
What I'm using MESS for atm (or at least trying to) is debugging bbc and electron stuff as I'm working on porting some beeb/electron games to the Atari 800 and the debuggers in the dedicated emulators are fairly lacking in functionality.
atm I've got 0.129 for debugging beeb stuff and 0.136 for Electron, which strangely enough has working tape emulation