Constant reindex of spotlight

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SC68Cal, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    #1
    Okay,

    Spotlight is acting up. I tried searching for something and spotlight goes offline to reindex my filesystem. Literally a minute later it's ready. Try searching again, then it decides to reindex it again!

    It's been doing this for probably a few hours now. Did the whole remove index thing, turn off spotlight and then turn it back on. Not having any luck.

    An example:

    I searched for "java" and I get results, then suddenly it'll close out and reindex again after it goes about 4000 results.

    Help?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #2
    Try removing com.apple.spotlight.plist from the Preferences folder and then reindexing Spotlight again. Give it a few hours to complete the index. :)
     
  3. SC68Cal thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to drudge up an old thread.

    It took nearly 24 hrs for spotlight to build up the content index. I believe that Spotlight does a simple index just to build up a database for filenames and locations, then it will work in the background munching on metadata and content inside of pdfs and text files.

    I just have, a lot of text files and such. Lots, and lots, and lots.

    I've never experienced a full-reindex, and I never knew how much junk I've accumulated over the years.....
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's still a pretty long time. Is it all working for you now? :)
     
  5. Fukui macrumors 68000

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    Yea, I'm curious if that worked for you, because I'm having the same problem, and it didn't start until I started using filevaut........
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    FileVault is buggy. There are a few cases on these boards of people losing their data from messed up encrypted Home folders. If possible, keep your secret information in an encrypted disk image on a regular non-FileVault account. It's much safer and involves the same encryption. :)
     

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