"mds" on CPU usage?

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  1. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

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    Looking at my CPU using, I have something that reads "mds." It does not take much space to run, usually at about 1%, but I would like to know what it is. I have WebKit Safari, Apple Mail, iTunes, and Quicksilver open. Anybody know what this is?
     
  2. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    Code:
    4np@mymbp ~ $ ps aux|grep -i mds
    root        21   0.0  1,3   240240  26436   ??  Ss    2:21am   2:23.21 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Support/mds
    4np       1995   0.0  0,0   591508    276 s000  R+   11:42pm   0:00.00 grep --colour=auto -i mds
    4np       1357   0.0  0,5   139640  10020   ??  SNs   5:01pm   0:11.74 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Versions/A/Support/mdworker MDSImporterWorker com.apple.Spotlight.ImporterWorker.501
    4np@mymbp ~ $ 
    
    Looks like it's some spotlight crawler or something... I assume it keeps the spotlight database up to date?
     
  3. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    yeah i don't know what those are either, though they've never bothered me at all.

    it probably stands for something and is related to the actual OS.
     
  4. 4np macrumors 6502a

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    Found it:

    Code:
    4np@mymbp ~ $ man mds
    
     
  5. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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