Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 10:24 PM (in response to mallarddaniela)
On my SL system there is a mds folder in /private/var/db/. It contains two folders; messages and system. /private/var/db/mds/system contains 4 files; mds.install.lock, mds.lock, mdsDirectory.db, and mdsObject.db.
You should check in there to see if you already have that mds folder. I don't know how or why you have one at the root level. Odds are you can delete it.
Here's a terminal command to look at all the files and folders in /private/var/db/mds/:
ls -lR /private/var/db/mds
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 8:56 AM (in response to X423424X)
Thanks for that quick answer. As it turns out, I do have another mds folder in /private/var/db/, with everything you mentioned inside!
I'm guessing that the one I have at root level is just a copy then? Does anyone know how it might have got there? Can I just erase it?
PS: To see the /private folder, an easier way than launching terminal is just to "Go to Folder" (from Go in Finder or Shift + Command + G) and then entering the path (/private/var/db/mds/system)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2012 9:03 AM (in response to mallarddaniela)
If your computer is behaving normally now, then it's likely you can delete it. Especially since those files are acutally where they're supposed to be.
You could stick it in the trash can for a few days, and when you're sure things are still running properly empty it!