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alangsam Level 1 (15 points)
Spotlight is not finding basic things like iDVD only iMovie? doesnt even find iTunes?
I deleted the spotlight plist and rebooted. didnt fix the probem? is their a way to reindex or is this a known problem?

Macbook Aluminum 2.4 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6), 2.4GHZ 6GB 320HDD
  • A A P L Level 7 (21,730 points)
    A number of ways to rebuild it.
    Simplest is to open Spotlight preference pane.
    Drag your hard drive into the Privacy tab.
    Come back, remove your drive from Privacy tab.
    Let SL completely finish rebuilding the index.

  • hotrodhifi Level 1 (0 points)
    Spotlight is running all the time and wont stop indexing and this is causing snow leopard to hang and slow down all other applications I hope apple puts a fix out for this quick.
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    This issue has nothing to do with the OP's. Threadjacking is frowned upon. Start your own thread.
  • jjlalamcmc Level 1 (5 points)
    I encountered your same problem. Spotlight would not find ANY of my apps in /Applications.
    Ignoring and then un-ignoring /Applications did NOT work for me.
    Neither did a re-install.

    So, here is the fix that worked for me....

    Open Applications -> Utilities ->
    Type the following, if running Leopard:

    sudo mdimport /Applications

    if running Snow Leopard:

    sudo arch -i386 mdimport /Applications

    Wait for about a minute or two. Once you get the command prompt back, you should find your apps under Spotlight.

    The arch -i386 part of the Snow Leopard command allows 32-bit plug-ins to work correctly.

    Good luck
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)
    Thanks for that; however, the OP and the list are Snow Leopard, so non-SL stuff isn't needed. Hopefully, that fixes the issue, but I've never had to invoke it and Spotlight finds all applications in /Applications.
  • alangsam Level 1 (15 points)
    when i run
    sudo arch -i386 mdimport /Applications

    from the terminal i get asked for my password

    then i get

    "mdimport will not import on behalf of root user. Exiting."
  • alangsam Level 1 (15 points)
    the other thing that is odd is that i have 5 machines i upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Only this one seems to have issues with Spotlight finding anything?
  • A A P L Level 7 (21,730 points)
    Another simpler issue is - have you selected Applications from the Search Results tab?
  • alangsam Level 1 (15 points)
    i wish it were that easy. everything is selected. i suspect the command that was recommended is the way to go however i cant get the command to execute...
  • A A P L Level 7 (21,730 points)
    Did you try my first suggestion I posted?
  • alangsam Level 1 (15 points)
    I did - it only partially addressed the problem.
  • enb14 Level 1 (0 points)
    Having the same problem -- Spotlight not finding any apps despite "Applications" being checked in Spotlight prefs. I saw it occasionally pre-Snow Leopard, and am sad to see that something so basic and essential hasn't been fixed in a release billed as the bug-fix package to end all bug-fix packages.
  • WayneRr Level 1 (0 points)
    alangsam wrote:
    i wish it were that easy. everything is selected. i suspect the command that was recommended is the way to go however i cant get the command to execute...

    Leave the sudo off of the front of the command. sudo is used to run commands as root from a non root account, hence the error you're seeing.
    It should work and fix the problem then.

  • AppaHolic Level 1 (0 points)
    Open Terminal and type something such as:
    mdimport /Applications

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