I reinstalled from scratch and then restored my data and applications from Time Machine (was worried about this as thought restoring my data and apps would restore the problem files). It "seems" to be OK now, i.e. Spotlight doesnt appear to be indexing or estimating index time remaining any more.
Is there any way to check the status of the index, i.e. to see if I am just lucky at the moment as the index hasn't started to be built after a reinstall??
I am hoping this is it...have to say, pretty impressed with Time Machine...was dreading having to reinstall all my srivers and apps, but no need to!!
Many thanks for all of your help.
I have a question about anti-virus using windows parrallell on the mac. I use it to run some programs but sometimes I have to download programs to use.
If your question has to do with what Mac anti-malware software will reliably protect your Parallels VM, the answer is none. Use a separate Windows A-V program running within the VM to do that.
So, run the anti virus software on the windows side?
For the vast majority of the time, parralells is shutdown. I hardly use it, just when I am video, photo or audio editing and like I said sometimes I have to download converters or codecs and stuff.
Not sure whether there's another question in there or not? Linc has already said:
An anti-virus app is not needed, and should not be relied upon, for protection against OS X malware. It's useful only for detecting Windows malware. Windows malware can't harm you directly (unless, of course, you use Windows.) Just don't pass it on to anyone else.
Which would, of course, include yourself. Although the Windows A-V software should eventually discover any malware you downloaded using OS X, if you feel a need to be warned earlier, then by all means check out these downloads using an OS X A-V package that includes signatures for Windows malware (e.g. ClamXav).
should I post my inquiry (Dec 20, 2013 8:52 PM) to another thread or create a new thread about my mds problem?
It is always preferable to start a new thread unless your problem is exactly the same as the OP's (same platform, OS X, apps, error messages, etc.) and is within a few days of the original post.
I believe my new Mac Mini Server is also a disaster after migrating from a 2007 iMac but who knows.
I sure am wondering why.
But without some explanation, though I may still be calling Apple Support, the basic conclusion drawn from the thread is that a clean Reinstall of OS X is what's needed here rather than get a Master's Degree in Spotlight.
What's annoying is spending time having to fix things. I was expecting to use my time programming, not researching why mdsCopyStoreInformation is failing.
In my case, the problem is a buggy Bookmarks.mdimporter module, and by the sounds of it yours is too. The exception raised is vague showing that the developers (Apple) did not pay a lot of attention to exception handling. Specifically, if an mdimporter dumps, the mdworker that is exec'ing it just dies with no useful info in the logs.
I had to find the problem by removing one-by-one the mdimporters from /System/Library/Spotlight and re-indexing with mdutil -E until I found the importer that was failing. I have yet to find the file that makes the Bookmarks.mdimporter fail because the debug info is so sparse. I have the advantage that I know exactly when it started to fail, but still cannot isolate the problem file because there is also no reasonable way to find which files are handled by Bookmarks.mdimporter.
It would also be nice if this system died in a graceful non-destructive way. In my case, the damned mds system continued continuously trying to re-index for four days solid running up a total of over three terabytes of writes on the SSD - about 1% of their total life wasted. Most commercial-level programmers would make an effort to prevent repetitive failures from using system resource...