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Mail+Spotlight Search Not Working in Lion

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bill96744 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 26, 2012 3:12 PM

I've been dealing with this problem for over a month and have not been able to fix it.  Search works fine in Lion on several computers, but on my laptop it still won't do a complete search.  It will only pull up emails from people in my contacts list..... no subject key word searches or people outside my contacts searches..... very frustrating! The searches also don't work in Spotlight, so I can't use spotlight as a backup.

 

I've tried rebuilding my mailbox.... deleting and recreating the account.... tossing out the Envelope Index folders in the Mail library... Deleting and re installing my search window, etc...... I see lot's of other people with the same issue. It's frustrating when your running your business on your computer and have to deal with a flaw in a new OS..... it was working fine in Leopard..... whats up APPLE?  Please help! 

 

Other Info:

Macbook Pro 2008 Version with 2.5 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo

Running 10.7.4

 

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:36 PM (in response to bill96744)

    Open Spotlight in System Preferences. Be sure all boxes are checked in the list.

     

    Click on the privacy tab and add your boot volume to the list. Once done, delete it from the list. This will cause spotlight to reindex your boot disk volume.

     

    Hopefully, that will help.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 5:05 PM (in response to bill96744)

    If you've followed my suggestions from other threads, then hopefully you noticed to quit Mail before deleting the Envelope Index files. It will reindex the messages next time you start mail.

     

    You said you added the boot drive to the privacy tab. Try closing the preferences, then reopen and make sure it's still in the privacy list. If so, remove it. When you open the spotlight search in the menu bar, it should show that it is reindexing.

     

    Just checking to be sure.

     

    In additon:

    Here's the link: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2409

    You can also just add your user folder if you don't want to do the whole drive.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:16 PM (in response to bill96744)

    You can try using terminal and see if that works. Paste this in a terminal window:

    sudo mdutil -E /

    You will need to type your computer password. That should force reindexing of all volumes.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:24 PM (in response to bill96744)

    You might try opening Disk Utility and run permission repair. The original solution should have started a reindexing.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:32 PM (in response to bill96744)

    Look at this article. If Spotlight is really disabled, then there is a command to re-enable it. Try that, then try the first procedure to reindex spotlight.

     

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/12/10/disable-or-enable-spotlight-in-mac-os-x-lion/

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to bill96744)

    Permission repair should only take about 5 to 10 minutes. The time shown when starting is usually off.

     

    The command I gave you before didn't turn it off. It must have been disabled before. You might try to run the first command first to make sure it was disabled. Then re-enable it.

     

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/12/10/disable-or-enable-spotlight-in-mac-os-x-lion/

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 7:09 PM (in response to bill96744)

    Something is definitely wrong. It's probably beyond my knowledge of what to do next.

     

    I would try downloading the latest ComboUpdate for Lion and reinstall it over the existing system. Then, try reindexing from the Spotlight preferences if it doesn't start on it's own after installing the ComboUpdate.

  • Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,935 points)
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    Jun 26, 2012 7:19 PM (in response to bill96744)

    If you're talking permissions, then some permission errors will reoccur and can be ignored. Permission repair is done when booted from the drive.

     

    If you are talking about repairing the hard drive, then you can't be booted from the drive to repair it. If your hard drive is showing problems, then yes it could be the problem.

    Boot from the recovery drive (command-r). Open Disk Utility and repair the hard drive. If successful, then boot back into the main drive.

     

    Depending on what was damaged, you may need to reinstall the ComboUpdate after repairing the drive.

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