Disabling Spotlight in Leopard


macrumors 603
Original poster
Jul 26, 2004
Montreal, QC
Well, I made the jump to Leopard... only to find myself locked up for the first hour of using it. In that time, I found more reasons to go back to Tiger than I did to stick with Leopard, but I toughed it out and found it enjoyable to use once it sped up. Unfortunately, every time Spotlight tries to re-index everything slows down to a crawl again. I never use Spotlight, so does anyone know of a way to disable it under Leopard? I tried following the instructions here, but the Spotlight directive isn't present in the /etc/hostconfig file under Leopard.

Any suggestions?


macrumors newbie
Oct 27, 2007
I think just disabling Spotlight from indexing should be enough to stop Spotlight from slowing down your machine.

sudo mdutil -i off /

My understanding is that if you use the "-E" option, it Erases and starts re-indexing again whereas "-i off" completely stops indexing.
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