Safari 12 crashes Spotlight searches

Discussion in 'macOS' started by paulcristo, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. paulcristo macrumors newbie

    paulcristo

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    I noticed after installing Safari 12 that my Spotlight searches would crash Spotlight. After typing in a few characters, the search field would disappear and the magnifying glass in the upper-right corner of the screen would disappear briefly then reappear. I discovered in System Preferences if I turned off the "Bookmarks and History" option under the Spotlight tab the problem went away.

    I thought maybe a bookmark or history file had been corrupted locally, so to test my theory I created a brand new user account. The problem was absent and then after I associated the new account with my iCloud account it presented itself.

    Is anyone else experiencing this problem?
     
  2. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

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    Maybe try going to Safari preferences/advanced/show developer menu and then in the menu bar/developer/empty cache. Try this and see if it helps. Something may be corrupted.

    Also try system preferences/spotlight/privacy and add Macintosh HD. Then after a few seconds remove Macintosh HD from the list and spotlight will reindex everything. This usually resolves some problems.
     
  3. paulcristo thread starter macrumors newbie

    paulcristo

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    Thanks for your reply. I emptied the cache and also rebuilt the entire Spotlight database to no avail.

    After some more troubleshooting, I tried turning off the "Bookmarks and History" option in the Spotlight preferences and that stopped Spotlight from crashing. I also notice if I drag a URL from the Safari URL window to the Desktop creating a webloc file, then do a "Get Info" on that file, it crashes the Finder. I'm not sure what's going on, but Safari is definitely the culprit.
     
  4. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

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    Yeah it must be if that is the only change you have made to your installation. Is it possible for you to go back to Safari 11.1.2 from a time machine backup? I'm not sure if it'll work but I guess it's worth a try.
     

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