Disabling Spotlight

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Shintsu, May 9, 2010.

  1. Shintsu macrumors member

    Shintsu

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    May 5, 2010
    #1
    I've seen posts about what you type and how to edit the Hostconfig file but good god, I DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING about the terminal. I used to use DOS a little and I grasp that but I do NOT have a clue how to use terminal and every link I find on the web assumes I'm an uber geek who understands.

    Please, will someone just tell me how to SAVE the Hostconfig file? For complete idiots? What does the ^X and stuff mean, how do I do that? I mean a step by step of precisely the keys and combinations I need to type to save the file so it's disabled. I'd really appreciate it, I think it's bogging my iBook down.
     
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Feb 20, 2010
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    Since i don't want to encourage anyone to disable Spotlight (much better is to troubleshoot what it's getting hung up on), i won't take time to do a Unix editor tutorial.

    But if a GUI tool would help: you should check out TextWrangler. It handles opening files buried inside invisible directories, and it manages all the privilege escalation business, and it can even be configured to make date-stamped backup files for us automatically.

    PS: idunno which OS version you have, but i think that Spotlight trick was broken by Leopard...

    Code:
    $ [COLOR="Blue"]cat /etc/hostconfig[/COLOR]
    # This file is going away
    
    AFPSERVER=-NO-
    AUTHSERVER=-NO-
    TIMESYNC=-NO-
    QTSSERVER=-NO-
    
    See? No more "SPOTLIGHT=-YES-" line anymore. If you have Tiger, then maybe.

    EDIT: ah okay... now i can see your sig. Yes, for Tiger the trick should work. Try TextWrangler then.

    EDIT 2: Just to repeat my other warning... OSX without Spotlight is kinda lame.
     
  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

    mysterytramp

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    Jul 17, 2008
    Location:
    Maryland
    #3
    Not quite as geeky, but couldn't you click the Privacy tab of the Spotlight system preference and turn off Spotlight on all your hard disks?

    But Hal_Itosis is right. Rather than disabling Spotlight altogether, you should try to troubleshoot your Spotlight issues. I'm folks on this board would help.

    mt
     

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