Pause or stop spotlight indexing

Discussion in 'macOS' started by m85476585, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    Is there any way to pause or stop the spotlight that happens after rebooting? It annoying that it keeps me from using Spotlight until it was done, and recently I was trying to use EyeTV as a DRV, and the video kept freezing, I suspect due to spotlight in the background. It is very frustrating to not be able to fully use my computer for some time after rebooting.

    I tried "sudo mdutil -i off" and it didn't seem to have any effect, although I didn't stop the mds process after trying it. I did try killing mds before entering that command, and it just came back after a few seconds.
  2. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    MY spotlight doesn't re index every time i restart :confused:

    Have you ever let run a full cycle=
  3. m85476585 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    It's not every time. I haven't figured out exactly when it runs, but it seems to be after not rebooting for a while. I always let it run because I haven't found a way to stop it.
  4. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    My spotlight indexing only runs rarely. If I have a kernel panic reboot or I force a reboot it runs. If software update causes a reboot, I don't think it runs. I never notice it because I don't use it that often. I've found the right combination of shortcuts in my dock so that I probably only use spotlight a couple of times a week now. Spotlight is one of my favorite OS X things. If I want to run any app, all I need to know are a handful of consecutive letters in the name of the app and it comes up almost instantly. Spotlight and quick view are two of my favorite things in OS X. There are only a handful of files quickview doesn't know how to open and I'm never faced with waiting for pages or to load up just to read the contents of an email attachment. On my windows boxes, I always shut off indexing because it is useless. I would never consider shutting off Spotlight indexing because it saves me time every time I use it.
  5. m85476585 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
    This last time it started indexing after a KP. I don't like to keep too much stuff in my dock because it gets cluttered. Things like system preferences, activity monitor, or safari that I don't use all the time don't go in the dock.

    I don't want to turn off Spotlight completely, just temporarily. I agree that it is extremely useful, and I use it all the time, but it was making EyeTV playback freeze, and spotlight indexing is something that should run completely transparently in the background and never interfere with what I am trying to actively do.
  6. t4cgirl macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2008
    When Spotlight decides it needs to possess your computer, it can be spectacularly frustrating to try to get it to stop. Really, the best way to "pause" Spotlight is to put all your drives in the Privacy box in the Spotlight control panel. Cumbersome but it does work and it's easy to undo.
  7. macjavaworld macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2011
    How to Stop stoplight indexing or On

    on or off for whole volume, if you are using OSX 10.6

    $ sudo mdutil -a -i off

    $ sudo mdutil -a -i on

    it is not applicable for 10.5 or 10.4
  8. miha macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2007
    Thanks! Plugged my old FireWire-drive to take one extra backup and spotlight said that indexing takes 9 days! After disabled indexing with:

    ' sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/FW800 '

    backup continues much faster :)


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