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Old Sep 22, 2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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Spotlight Server Disabled - Help

I'm running 10.6.1 and Spotlight has suddenly stopped working. I've tried the usual terminal-based fixes (e.g. re-indexing, etc) but it keeps telling me that "Spotlight Server is disabled" and I can't re-enable it using the normal terminal commands that I've found through google.

Also, my external hard drive has stopped working all of a sudden, firewire connection.

All I've done recently is install World of Warcraft.

I've tried repairing permissions, zapping pram, etc.

Help?
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 09:20 PM   #2
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I'm running 10.6.1 and Spotlight has suddenly stopped working. I've tried the usual terminal-based fixes (e.g. re-indexing, etc) but it keeps telling me that "Spotlight Server is disabled" and I can't re-enable it using the normal terminal commands that I've found through google.

Also, my external hard drive has stopped working all of a sudden, firewire connection.

All I've done recently is install World of Warcraft.

I've tried repairing permissions, zapping pram, etc.

Help?
Woo, fixed it after some terminal jockeying. I used the following commands:

cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons
sudo launchctl load -w com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

I know nothing about Unix, but this worked.
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 09:40 PM   #3
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Just curious, is this an issue in Snow Leopard Server or Client. Thanks.
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Old Sep 22, 2009, 10:47 PM   #4
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Just curious, is this an issue in Snow Leopard Server or Client. Thanks.
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Old Jun 20, 2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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Woo, fixed it after some terminal jockeying. I used the following commands:

cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons
sudo launchctl load -w com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

I know nothing about Unix, but this worked.
Hello, I am incredibly new to OSX, and my spotlight wasnt functioning correctly either, actually, i could click on it, and nothing appeared, so i followed the troubleshooting steps here

http://osxdaily.com/2007/02/15/spotl...shooting-tips/

and I tried all of those, and now I actually get 2 notes to popup now, prefrences and search...

so I tried your little terminal code, and now, it spotlight searches, but it only returns image results, which needless to say is not helpful

Any idea on how to resolve this issue?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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Woo, fixed it after some terminal jockeying. I used the following commands:

cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons
sudo launchctl load -w com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

I know nothing about Unix, but this worked.
tried many other suggestions kindly offered by others. none worked, but yours worked like a charm!

many many thanks!
Daniel
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tried many other suggestions kindly offered by others. none worked, but yours worked like a charm!

many many thanks!
Daniel
Registered to say that this methods works.

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Old Jun 17, 2013, 02:43 AM   #8
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Confirmed working on Mountain Lion 10.8.4!

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