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nkt00 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 22, 2011 4:21 PM

I upgraded my iMac from Snow Leopard to Lion and now Spotlight doesn't return any results. The menu only lists web search and wikipedia search when i type anything into the search field. I tried running "sudo mdutil -E /" from the Terminal. That gave the following message:

 

Indexing and searching disabled.

 

Any ideas?

27" iMac (i5), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 4:23 PM (in response to nkt00)

    Have a look in Sys Prefs > Spotlight > Privacy to see if your disk is in there, meaning it won't get indexed?

  • Michael Sidoric Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 4:29 PM (in response to nkt00)

    The initial indexing of a 'new' upgraded disk can take hours.

     

    Colin's suggestion is solid, but may I also add if your drive is not currently listed in the Privacy list to not index for Spotlight – that you ADD your boot drive to Privacy and then close System Preferences, then log out. Then log in again, go to the same Spotlight > Privacy settings and REMOVE your boot disk.

     

    This will trigger a re-indexing of your drive for Spotlight. It is a long process but after it completes your Spotlight should again be happy.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • GlennW Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:40 PM (in response to nkt00)

    Since you're already using the mdutil command, what does "mdutil -sv /" show?  What happens if you try "mdutil -i on /"?

  • GlennW Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to nkt00)

    Beat me to it

  • bamancabroad Calculating status...
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    Nov 16, 2011 12:34 PM (in response to GlennW)

    Hi guys,

     

    I have a new MacBook Pro running Lion. Spotlight will not do the initial indexing of the drive. I have tried all of the above suggestion, and nothing seems to work. Apple Care says it may be a bad hard drive and I should exchange the machine. However it was a special order, and it is a 6 week turnaround for a new machine. I use it for work, so that is a big issue.

     

    Any other thoughts?

     

    Thanks a lot.

  • bamancabroad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 1:10 PM (in response to bamancabroad)

    Here's what Spotless returns after I disabled Spotlight/rebooted/attempted to enable.

    Screen shot 2011-11-16 at 9.07.17 PM.png

  • BigRedNZ Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2011 12:57 AM (in response to bamancabroad)

    Eurika I've found it

     

    The deleting the cache worked for me

     

    Spotlight won’t work? Fix a broken Spotlight menu with these troubleshooting tips

  • eorton Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to BigRedNZ)

    Brilliant!  Solution #1: Kill SystemUIServer worked for me.  Thanks!

  • alhandyman Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to BigRedNZ)

    I can confirm that this worked for me.

     

    Many thanks

  • Doug Weiss Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 11:39 PM (in response to alhandyman)

    I have tried all the above cures and none seem to work for me.

     

    If I click on the spotlight icon I only get the availablity of Web Searches.

     

    I cannot do any searches from a finder window

     

    I have a new iMac running 10.8.2 I get the "spotlight server disabled" when I run sudo mdutil -E /

     

    In spotlight preferences>privacy when I try to prevent spotlight from searching these locations in order to rebuild the index, I get error: Privacy List Error - "The item couldn't be added or removed because of an unknown error"

     

    I have deleted cache files and preferences

     

    I have reinstalled OS 10.8.2

     

    fixed permissions

     

    verified volume -ok

     

    ran Tech Tools Pro volume rebuild

     

    still no spotlight or finder search

  • Doug Weiss Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 7:12 AM (in response to Doug Weiss)

    Finally a post from Thomas Reed, thanks Tom, worked. After trying all the above and stumping even Applecare phone support this did the trick.

     

    The guaranteed way to reenable Spotlight is to reload it into launchd using launchctl:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

     

    Now finally back in business.

  • GarethH1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 20, 2012 8:14 PM (in response to nkt00)

    I just had a similar issue. Spoghtlight just stopped showing any results other than search web/wikipedia for...

    I tried checking in system preferences/spoghtlight/privacy, nothing.

    I tried unchecking/rechecking all the areas for spoghtlight to search, nothing.

    I considered running a series of lines in terminal, then got the novel idea of just trying a simple warm boot, and vwala, IT WORKED! Spoghtlight started indexing the Internal HD, then continued functioning normally again!

    Often times, the simplest fix, is the best.

    - MBP 15 (pre USB 3.0), OSX 10.7.5, HD screen upgrade

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