Spotlight forgets an item

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ashleyuv814, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. ashleyuv814 macrumors newbie

    Today I tried to use Spotlight like I habitually do to open a document without opening all of the folders in which it is nested. I have opened this particular file probably a hundred times over the last month and at least as recently as 2 days ago.

    The document name is:


    But when I put in 001 attend, that document didn't list (anywhere within the list) and instead had as its top search item


    Now I know why it listed the SF1 file (namely, because it includes "001" and "attend"), but I do not know why it didn't immediately find the file that I had been using more recently, i.e. the ETH2050 file. In fact, I hadn't opened the SF1 file for at least 9 months, if not longer.

    I immediately reindexed Spotlight and the problem was solved. Now Spotlight brings up the more recent file, i.e. ETH2050. But what I want to know is why Spotlight would forget an item like that.

    Any ideas?

    I had thought maybe it was the uptime, but apparently that was only 5 days, which for me is not that long. And still, there have been other times when I've had the computer on that long and it hasn't made that mistake.

    So I am concerned. And looking at the Console there are no mds messages or Spotlight messages.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Try this as an experiment by replacing the - with / to see if Spotlight forgets it again.
  3. ashleyuv814 thread starter macrumors newbie

    I assumed you meant replacing the hyphens in the filename with backslashes. I did that and it had no effect. Spotlight had no problems.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Then send Apple OS X Feedback send see if they fix this in 10.10.

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