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Question: Spotlight and Time Machine completely broken

I noticed a while ago that my Spotlight results were incomplete and Time Machine backups weren't finishing. I tried to reset Spotlight via System Preferences (adding and removing the disk in the privacy pane) and via terminal (mdutil -E, -i off/on, rm -r .Spotligh-V100) but without success.


The console reports thousands of the following errors:


error 16:19:03.743202 +0100 mds LaunchServices: store or url (null) was nil -10813, retrying
error 16:19:03.743247 +0100 mds LaunchServices: Database mapping failed with result -10813, retries = 7


If I try to make a Time Machine backup, the errors are similar:


error 21:22:27.968375 +0100 backupd LaunchServices: Database mapping failed with result -10813, retries = 1
error 21:22:36.887358 +0100 backupd LaunchServices: store or url (null) was nil -10813, retrying

I even did a re-install of macOS High Sierra (no clean install).

Any idea what's going on there and how to fix it? My searches are coming up short.

MacBook Pro TouchBar and Touch ID, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 12, 2017 12:32 PM in response to Matthias Buchetics In response to Matthias Buchetics

Do an Erase and Install. Be sure to backup first.


Install El Capitan or Later from Scratch


Backup if possible before continuing.


  1. Restart the computer. Immediately after the chime hold down the CommandandRkeys until the Apple logo appears. When the Utility Menu appears:
  2. Select Disk Utility from the Utility Menu and click on Continue button.
  3. When Disk Utility loads select the volume (indented entry, usually Macintosh HD) from the Device list.
  4. Click on the Erase icon in Disk Utility's main window. A panel will drop down.
  5. Set the Format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.)
  6. Click on the Apply button, then wait for the Done button to activate and click on it.
  7. Quit Disk Utility and return to the Utility Menu.
  8. Select Reinstall OS X and click on the Continue button.

Nov 12, 2017 12:32 PM

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