9 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2008 8:09 PM by baltwo
majeriisli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have collected a large number of scientific articles as pdf's, until recently, spotlight was fantastic in finding the relevant articles. But now, it fails to find articles even when the search term is in the name of the file.

I tried reindexing spotlight, moved and removed the the entire harddrive onto the privacy list, and did the same with all the subfolders, to no avail.

This makes spotlight pretty much unusable for me. Is there any idea on how to fix this issue? I tried to flush the font cache and have rebuilt subsequently the spotlight index.

MacBook Pro3,1, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • 1. Re: spotlight does not find files
    Peter Wadsack Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Similar problem here. Tried all the same things. Even adjusted the permissions, where Admin-read/write was missing, and applied to contents of entire partitions.

    Still, Spotlight is not pulling up files that I can see plainly in Finder. MacPro & 10.5.2 here.

    This is extremely annoying, as Spotlight at times shows an older, backup version of a file, but not the current, not yet backed-up, version ...
  • 2. Re: spotlight does not find files
    dott Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
    Also experiencing the same problem with spotlight. No longer able to find files I never had trouble finding with previous versions. Thankfully I can still find most of these files manually so for the time being Spotlight is pretty useless
  • 3. Re: spotlight does not find files
    Tony Barone Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
    there was a similar issue in another thread, and the solution was to re-name the hard drive to not include any spaces in it and/or an underscore.

    For example:

    Macintosh HD renamed to Macintosh_HD

    This seemed to be more of an issue when spotlight searching a shared drive and an external drive. Hope this works for you though!
  • 4. Re: spotlight does not find files
    dechamp Level 4 Level 4 (3,495 points)
    It will be interesting to see if this causes Time Machine to completely back up the new drive that is created by changing the path to all of it's files. Actions like just moving the iTunes library triggers a new complete addition of the new location and does not remove the original location until the TM drive is full.

    Won't this do the same thing in a larger scale with TM?
  • 5. Re: spotlight does not find files
    Randy Farnsworth Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    I renamed my HD not using any spaces this time, and I re-indexed the HD (moved the HD into the privacy pane, then back out). I then used TM to back up the drive, and it only found a few megabytes of changes to back up.

    So the answer to dechamp is, no - it won't cause TM to need to back up the entire drive again.

    Oh, and it did solve the problem of not finding files.
  • 6. Re: spotlight does not find files
    Peter Breis1 Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    Same here.

    I have even manually located a file, copied and pasted its name into Spotlight and it wouldn't find it.
  • 7. Re: spotlight does not find files
    j Robson Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    spotlight for leopard is definitely not doing its job. i have to manually locate some .rtf files which spotlight can not find.

    i check the spotlight's preference and everything were selected, so i am not ignoring anything for the search.

    i even did the 'sudo mdutil -E/' trick to re-index the drive, still no luck.

    is apple going to have patch for this? or anyone has a workaround?
  • 8. Re: spotlight does not find files
    joeuu Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
  • 9. Re: spotlight does not find files
    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)
    There are many posts in these forums describing the issue and many solutions offered. One is what I've also posted at:


    Note that you can't use the Spotlight menu item or CMD + spacebar to invoke this more detailed search criteria, you have to use Finder's Find as modified.