Spotlight Server Disabled - Help

Discussion in 'OS X' started by Moses, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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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?
     
  2. thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
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    calderone

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    #3
    Just curious, is this an issue in Snow Leopard Server or Client. Thanks.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    Client.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    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/spot...otlight-menu-with-these-troubleshooting-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.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    spotlight Server Disabled - Help

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

    many many thanks!
    Daniel
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Registered to say that this methods works.

    Cheers
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Confirmed working on Mountain Lion 10.8.4!

    Thanks!!
     

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