6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2014 6:17 PM by AZPublishing
Brian Knapp2 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

The search field in the upper right hand corner no longer returns any results, from any mailbox, regardless of the text I type in.  This was working fine until I upgraded to 10.7.2.  I absolutely rely on the search feature as my mail messages are a wealth of information for me.

 

Help!


Brian


2x3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel MacPro, Mac OS X (10.7.1), I am running OS X 10.7.2
  • 1. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    TC! Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I've got exactly the same problem, the only thing which it will allow me to search on is people from my address book and the names of mailboxes.

     

    I can no longer search on subject, senders outside my contacts or the contents of an email.

     

    I have around 15GB of email for business an it's useless without being able to search.

     

    I've tried rebuilding mailboxes but it had no effect.

  • 2. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    TC! Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I've managed to get it working after trying the following:

     

    1. Used Disk Utility to repair permissions on my main drive

     

    2. In Terminal used the comand "sudo mdutil -v -i on /"

    That tells spotlight to turn indexing on for that drive.

     

    3. Did a restart

     

    I'd recommend trying the permissions and a restart first and if that doesn't help then try the command line fix.

     

    The first time I ran it without -v so got no feedback on what it was doing. Stopping it and trying to do it again gave me the message "Error: Index is already changing state.  Please try again in a moment." After the restart it now says:

    Indexing enabled.

              Scan base time: 2011-10-19 07:40:10 +0100 (60 seconds ago), reasoning: 'scan not required - avoided catchup scan'

     

    Now mail is back to how it was before the 10.7.2 update, happy days.

  • 3. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    Richard Walker Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Hi. I have got the same problem. Just re indexing Spotlight Database now - 2 hours remaining :-S.

     

    See this: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2409

     

    I just dragged the startup disk to the Privacy list (click ok for the warning) and then removed it from the list.

     

    Hope that helps.

     

    Cheers

    Rich

  • 4. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    sabbelschatz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for starting this thread brian! i have the same exact problem as you guys and NEED HELP fast as i just can't work without it...

     

    rich, your suggestion sounded easier than tc!s, so i tried doing that first, but just got folllowing error message when dragging my disk to the privacy list: "the item couldn't be added or removed because of an unknown errror"...  ARGH...

     

    so now i'm trying the first part of tc!s advice: repairing the permissions on main drive, then restart machine. i really hope this works since you lost me with the command line talk...

     

    fingers crossed!

  • 5. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    sabbelschatz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    YES! that did it... not back to how it was before the 10.7.2 update, but at least i can search again! happy days indeed! THANK YOU!

  • 6. Re: Mail search no longer works after 10.7.2 upgrade
    AZPublishing Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So when disabling Spotlight then Apple mail search does not return any results. So Spotlight must be enabled for the mail to do any searches.....NOW that's what I call a LAME mail app. It can't do it's own search within the application. Who was the genius behind that one at APPLE? Oh! I'm sorry I forgot, it was out sourced to China Apple! Along with all the hardware.