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Spotlight won't work after clean install

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Annemaree Calculating status...
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Oct 31, 2007 4:51 PM
I did a clean install of a 10-seat licence of 10.5 server on the primary partition of a Mac Mini. Logged in with the admin account (the only account), I cannot get Spotlight to find anything at all (even searching for something that it should find, like "Safari" just gets me "No Results Found").

I've done software updates, re-booted, and repaired permissions. Any ideas?

(On a side-note, I'm trying to find where the Weblog server stores media files; so if anyone can tell me that I'd appreciate it).
Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • mrgrumpygills Calculating status...
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    Oct 31, 2007 11:17 PM (in response to Annemaree)
    I am having the same problems. Am I missing something here? I cannot perform any type of search with Spotlight. The only it does find is the Public folder. I have the same set up. Clearn install with 1 account, admin, enabled. Help?
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Avi Kalderon Calculating status...
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    Nov 1, 2007 4:20 AM (in response to Annemaree)
    In terminal:
    mdutil -i on /

    will turn on spotlight indexing. The magnifying glass will have a dot in it for quite some time while it is in the process of indexing

    Hope this helps.
    XServe G5, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • mrgrumpygills Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 1, 2007 10:47 AM (in response to Avi Kalderon)
    I tried that and I received this error message:

    Last login: Thu Nov 1 12:42:32 on ttys000
    txlbb:~ david$ mdutil -i on /
    /:
    Error: unable to perform operation. (-1)
    No index.
    txlbb:~ david$

    ----------------
    How do I go about creating an index?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5), Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5
  • Steve Yuroff Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Nov 1, 2007 2:32 PM (in response to Annemaree)
    Technically, I have spotlight working, but not properly. It has an index of the attached RAID but it doesn't have anything for the boot drive. I can spotlight ical, and I pull "practically" out of a PDF buried 6 folders deep, but not iCal.app. On my MacBookPro, the first hit on that search is iCal.app.

    And since it would be logical to ask, no, I don't have Privacy set to omit my boot disk.

    And- why the heck doesn't Quicklook work with a list of Spotlight results?
    MacBookPro Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • mrgrumpygills Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 1, 2007 6:09 PM (in response to Steve Yuroff)
    Update! ok those commands do work. Indexing is enabled and is currently indexing. The thing I forgot to do was log on as su with the sudo command. Read below to enable it. Hopes this works for everyone.


    Last login: Thu Nov 1 20:05:34 on ttys000
    txlbb:~ david$ sudo su
    sh-3.2# mdutil -i on /
    /:
    Indexing enabled.
    sh-3.2#
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5), Mac OS X Leopard Server 10.5
  • dtich Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Nov 2, 2007 11:23 AM (in response to Annemaree)
    aha! thanks.

    did it say anywhere in documentation, etc, that spotlight defaults to unenabled on 10.5 server? i don't recall that.
    MacPro DC2.0GHz; C2D PwrBks; Mini; still have that Newton 2000 in the closet...
  • mrgrumpygills Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 2, 2007 11:55 AM (in response to dtich)
    I didn't see anywhere in the documentation saying that Spotlight was turned off by default. It makes me wonder what else is turned off by default. Wonder why it was turned off anyways.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5), Mac OS X 10.5 Server
  • RickCogley Calculating status...
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    Nov 3, 2007 5:35 AM (in response to Annemaree)
    I did:

    su -
    mdiutil -i on /
    MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Paul Kleeberg Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Dec 2, 2007 5:23 AM (in response to RickCogley)
    I do not understand why this has not been fixed. I checked and Spotlight was turned on in the System Preferences, and I only noticed the problem when I went to index my web sites. Had to use the command "sudo mdutil -i on /" to turn it on (Rick typed the command incorrectly)

    Thanks so much for the solution. How will this come to the attention of Apple so it can be fixed?
    G4 933 (Legacy Server) Mini (Server-to-be), Mac OS X (10.5.1), MacBook 2.2Ghz, 24"Intel iMac  20"G5 iMac ... SE30
  • dannymcc_1 Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2008 7:28 AM (in response to Paul Kleeberg)
    I am having this same problem with a brand new iMac. (I have had nothing but problems with this expensive thing)! I tried the sudo mdutil -i on / command and it returned 'Could not set indexing status for volume'!

    What else can I do!? Would re-installing Leopard help (or maybe reverting back ti Tiger).

    Thanks,
    Dan
    iMac and MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • dannymcc_1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 21, 2008 12:39 AM (in response to dannymcc_1)
    I can't believe it , I've finally got Leopard on my brand new iMac, which was supposed to come with it pre-installed! A friend who has Leapord came over and saw my screen and icons and said, 'that doesn't look like Leopard, you should reinstall.' We did, and now everything works great (including printer, Bluetooth A2DP and Spotlight, which hadn't been working prior). Airport works, too, but it was working before thanks to the WPA fix. Somehow my Intel iMac, purchased in December from the San Francisco/Marina Mac Store, came with a faulty OS installation. I wasted soooo much time trying to fix it when I just needed to reinstall (w/o erasing my HD). Maybe this can help others having similar problems. Happy Mac-ing!
    iMac and MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • D. Hoffmann Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 31, 2008 9:49 AM (in response to mrgrumpygills)
    mrgrumpygills wrote:
    I tried that and I received this error message:

    Last login: Thu Nov 1 12:42:32 on ttys000
    txlbb:~ david$ mdutil -i on /
    /:
    Error: unable to perform operation. (-1)
    No index.
    txlbb:~ david$


    I am having the same problem. How did you get it fixed? It isn't clear from your later post.

    Dominik Hoffmann
    Xserve Dual 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
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