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Dimaxum Level 5 Level 5 (5,985 points)



After struggling for nearly a week after the latest update 10.7.5 I found the solution to "SPOTLIGHT INDEXING" and backing-up with TimeMachine.


In my earlier posted topic(s) I recommended to disable Spotlight temporally until Apple came up with a solution.


After a deep search on the Internet I found yesterday a Spotlight index issue solution from may 2012.

What could I louse? So, I gave it a try.


And viola, after 18 hours Spotlight finished indexing.

Making a back-up now is not a problem anymore when Spotlight is enabled.


TimeMachine finished the job in 9 minutes.


Read this web side and pas the 2 commands into Terminal ...


I hat to do it 2 times until it worked ... x-lion/



Good luck ...



Late 2009 24, Mac OS X (10.7), iMac G4/1250 MHz-80GB HD-768Mb RAM iBook G3/600MHz 20GB-HD-64
  • janekj Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this is a 10.7 thread but I have had same problems and seem to have a solution for now...


    Despite running disk utilities and disabling spotlight couldn't get past 400kb on a backup on several attempts

    Took the plunge and upgraded to Mountain Lion 10.8.2

    turned off Time Machine

    then ran disk verify and permissions repairs


    set Time Capsule wireless to 5Ghz (in Airport Utilities/Wireless/Wireless Options)


    ...then held my breath and started a manual backup to TC


    40 minutes later ticking along nicely with 2.61 of 15.86 Gb backed-up and counting

    Since this is the first ML backup I assume there will be new operating system files to copy and it will take longer than a routine backup

    There seems to have been no problem recognising the original sparse bundle from Lion and appears it's carrying out an incremental backup.


    Will leave backup in progress overnight and if all ok then I plan to enable Spotlight and try again


    Does anyone know if the command line instructions to re-enable spotlight are the same in ML as Lion?

    I had not deleted spotlight index files in Lion (mainly because I'm not sure how) but welcome anyone's advice as to whether (and how) I should do this?

  • Dimaxum Level 5 Level 5 (5,985 points)

    Hi Janekj,


    I'm not running ML but still on Lion 10.7.5


    I don't know if my solution also works for ML users.



  • kilgo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Why am I having to execute these "code level" fixes? Where the **** is Apple on all this? Is there one reply from apple? Just ONE reply are acknowledgment? just ONE?

  • riffin-rich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    We need everyone that is having a problem to call Apple Support and raise the issue in addition to doing their own troubleshooting.  I'll call today.  Please do the same!  Dimaxum, thanks again for all of your help with this.

  • mucsist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi there,


    would upgrading to ML not be an option for this problem?

  • mucsist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    why not simply upgrade to mountain lion?

  • kilgo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I could think of a few dozen different ways to reply to your post but, let me use tact instead. Paying for an upgrade is not that big of a deal...being FORCED to pay for an upgrade IS!


    And besides 10.7.5 is not the only system being affected ML is as well. Have you not read the post, hundreds of complaints from ML and Lion users?


    Do you work for Apple? That would explain your disconnection.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    mucsist wrote:


    why not simply upgrade to mountain lion?

    Some are not yet upgrading due to software or device driver compatibility issues with Mountain Lion.

  • mucsist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i am a relative novice to apple computers and had not much of a problem, therefore did not spent much time with reading these threads. Furthemore, i am working on multiple grant applications with extremely tight deadlines , yet another reason why not to spend time reading the chats.


    I have a problem with my computer, and I am looking for the fastest a safest way to solve it without risking to loose the work i am doing right now.

  • mucsist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    but do you think it would solve this problem?

  • mucsist Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    have you heard others who tried and worked for them?


    is there a risk that there would be a significant negative consequence to the system?

    I do not understand much of this is about but I want my computer running smooth again - but can not afford to loose it right now. I would not have days or more to wait for a system reinstall, etc.


    I do not have time machine backups

  • sleepystu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    Same issue here since updating to 10.7.5.

    Tried method via terminal to disable, delete and restart spolight index, but indexing still slow (after 24 hours, 3 weeks remaining on a 1TB drive, 200GB free space).

    I've submitted a bug report to Apple, with a link to this discussion.

    Hope help comes soon from Apple, this is killing my battery.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,880 points)

    sleepystu wrote:

    Hope help comes soon from Apple, this is killing my battery.

    If it's killing your battery, I'd recommend using Terminal to disable indexing until you are back on AC power. Since we know that indexing will not be completed within the battery running time.

  • lauhub Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,


    I have this issue to. I have a different workaround, which also disables Spotlight. So Spotlight makes TimeMachine hanging.


    Before starting a new backup, I type the following command in a Terminal:

    sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/


    I start TimeMachine and it saves my data quite fast (less than 2 minutes for 50Mb).


    Then I type:

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/


    If I do not use these two commands, TimeMachine hangs during up to one hour before finishing backup (it is stuck at "Saving 12.4Mb out of 12.4Mb" during minutes).


    So I suggest that we all make a bugreport to Apple with the title: "TimeMachine hangs when Spotlight is in use under Mac OS X 10.7" describing our problem.


    I believe that if we are numerous people to post a bugreport, the bug will be processed with higher priority.

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