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mdworker not running

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Dec 13, 2012 7:46 AM

OSX.6.8 Server

 

 

Problem: Spotlight is not indexing. We deleted the index for reindexing and now its impossible to search anything.

 

 

 

Reason: the process mdworker which is normallly launched with the launchd pocess during booting and is used by _spotlight, is not running.

 

The process mds which is launched by launchd and used by root is running.

 

I restarted the server, still silence with mdworker.

 

 

With mdworker not running Spotlight simply does nothing.

 

 

Any help is appreciated.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 1:50 PM (in response to Urs Gruetzner)

    Reinstall the server OS.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Dec 14, 2012 2:04 PM (in response to Urs Gruetzner)

    I'm not aware of any way to selectively install Spotlight's required components. Also, I don't do server stuff, so you'll have to await for one of those gurus to pop in. Good luck.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • Matthias Ullrich Calculating status...
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    Dec 24, 2012 6:07 PM (in response to Urs Gruetzner)

    Hello. I found myself with the exact same problem. My solution which worked for the moment was to use onyx and for now it works again as expected. Maybe that could help you.

     

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    Mac mini, OS X Server
  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,700 points)
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    Dec 26, 2012 9:12 AM (in response to Urs Gruetzner)

    TL;DR: Check the console logs for errors.

     

    Spotlight isn't specific to OS X Server. 

     

    Reinstalling OS X and OS X Server isn't a huge project and is a common solution for some variations of "weird" but wouldn't be my first choice here. 

     

    I'd start with a look at the console log files first and see what (if anything) is logged there around mdworker et al.

     

    I've seen cases where odd-ball or corrupted files can trip up Spotlight, though finding those files can sometimes be a little interesting.   If it's a user's file that's tripping Spotlight, reinstalling OS X Server doesn't help.

     

    Later versions of Spotlight tend to work a little better, though I'm guessing there's a reason you're still at 10.6.8.

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