my spotlight doesn't stop indexing

Discussion in 'macOS' started by entelechia, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. entelechia macrumors newbie

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    a few weeks ago I used a maitenance software (like onyx). I changed something in the spotlight settings, which made it indexing... without stopping.

    I have now reinstalled Mac OS X.. everything worked ok. I then updated it... and the problem popped up again...

    how can I solve it?

    thanks
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  3. entelechia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    30 minutes... but this morning it tried to do it for longer... then I turned it off and 30 minutes ago I turned it on again...
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Let it go. The very first index can take a long time. It will keep trying until the index is built. Apps like Onyx can delete the index, causing the machine to start over.
     
  5. entelechia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok, I will do that.

    the only thing I don't understand is why it started doing it after I updated mac os X... this time, after reinstalling mac os x, I haven't used onyx...
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe the update erased the index, I'm not sure, but unless it is always indexing, all the time, it's not a problem.
     
  7. entelechia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it hasn't stopped yet.. it has been indexing for 3 hrs and a half now...
     
  8. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    There might be a file it is having trouble reading. I have had that happen myself. It might show up in the Console in a error message. I then excluded the folder causing the problem. In my case, it was a plug-in for spotlight that was having the problem.
     
  9. entelechia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    actually, I have reinstalled mac os x today... and updated it.
    I have installed no plug-ins...
    I have just import my documents previously backed up on a external hd...

    I have now put ALL my documents in "privacy" in the spotlight settings.. but the problems is still there..
     
  10. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502

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    I had this problem, Spotlight would churn up the process mds to use ridiculous amounts of memory. It kept indexing my external HDD. I eventually disabled Spotlight using Onyx, and just use a Finder window if I want to search. It's a problem I hope will be fixed with Snow Leopard.
     

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