Spotlight Indexing issue - files missing from searches

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Knuckleheadz, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Knuckleheadz macrumors member


    Sep 3, 2007
    United Kingodm
    Morning all,

    I have a very strange problem with Spotlight (well I assume it is Spotlight that is the problem)....

    Here is my set-up:

    MBP 13" Mid 2012 (9,2)
    8GB RAM
    750GB HDD (patitioned Macintosh HD (100GB) & Music (650GB)
    750GB HDD in Optical Drive Bay (partitioned External Music (650GB) & Data (100GB))

    Both the Music and External Music partitions have +250GB of free space and both have approximately 3000 music files on each.

    The issue I have is that Spotlight doesn't seem to index recently added files... I use the search function a lot when I am putting DJ mixes together to find tracks, old and new, but not every track appears when I search even though if I browse directly to the file it is there.

    I have tried rebuilding the Spotlight search DB... deleting the old one and then leaving my laptop on for days in the hope that it will continue to index in the background, but it is still missing items.

    I would hate to have to rebuild my machine, I have it configured application wise just how I want it but I'm not sure that just blowing away the OS will fix issues with indexing on the other partitions.

    Is there a 3rd Party Searching tool that I could maybe demo to see if it has the same issue? Or does that use OS X Indexing at its "heart"?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

  2. Knuckleheadz thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 3, 2007
    United Kingodm
    I'll take the lack of response as an unfortunate NO.... although there seem to be some suggestions its a known bug... does anyone have any details on this specifically?

  3. MacRobert10 macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2012
    I wouldn't give up after just a few weeks. I only come here about once a month.

    I came across this post tonight: Monitor.html

    It's about using Activity Monitor, but they use Spotlight as an example for monitoring intense processes. They also talk about bugs.

    There are TONS of bugs in Mountain Lion, and this is just another one of them I'm afraid.

    One thing I came across tonight is that, believe it or not, if the hostconfig file has Spotlight set at NO Spotlight won't index. I thought all that hostconfig stuff was supposed to be out of the OS by now.

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