Spotlight not performing math functions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shadownddust, May 28, 2009.

  1. shadownddust macrumors member

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    Recently, spotlight just stopped calculating math functions and I'm not sure why. When I enter an equation, it doesn't try to solve it, but it still finds files with the numbers included and other hits. It's mostly a minor nuisance, but I have no idea why it even stopped, since everything else seems to work fine. Any ideas?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I had that happen to me. I had accidentally added my drive to the privacy list in Spotlight. If that's not the problem, add it to privacy, then remove it - that will cause a new index and should fix the problem.

    edit: seems like the symptoms were the same as yours, although I can't explain why other results would show and calculations wouldn't
     
  3. shadownddust thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, I'll try that and see if it helps.

    Out of curiousity, how long does it take for your computer to fully index your drive? With about 25 gigs left on my drive, it usually says it will take a few hours. Seems a bit long and maybe related.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I don't remember exactly, but it usually takes less time than it estimates.
     
  5. shadownddust thread starter macrumors member

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    No luck with the reindexing. I still get results, but no math calculations.
     
  6. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Not sure if you're doing this or not, but don't include the "=" sign. Mine will do math without the =, but wont with it.
     
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  8. shadownddust thread starter macrumors member

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    yea I tried with and without the "=" but no change.

    Calculator the app? I haven't changed it, are they connected?
     
  9. kolax macrumors G3

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    Open Terminal and type the following:

    defaults write com.apple.spotlight CalculationEnabled YES

    If that fails, try deleting Spotlight's preference file, located in Your Username/Library/Preferences and look for "com.apple.Spotlight.plist".
     
  10. shadownddust thread starter macrumors member

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    No luck with either of those. I haven't seen the preference file come back after deleting it though, am I doing something wrong?
     
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  12. sbudno macrumors newbie

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    Mine too

    Mine stopped working after the most recent update. :confused:
     
  13. Mal macrumors 603

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    I'm having the same problem, and none of the fixes here have helped for me. Eagerly awaiting any other possiblities!

    jW
     
  14. kolax macrumors G3

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    Load up Calculator App via Spotlight, see if that helps.
     
  15. sbudno macrumors newbie

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    Applications folder

    I moved my calculator app from a sub folder i had it in back to the main 'applications' tab in Finder, works fine now.

    Hope this helps.
     
  16. lord_flash macrumors regular

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    And mine. It's very, very annoying - I use, or rather used, that tool a lot. Tried all the above to no avail.

    I'm beginning to wonder if Apple haven't had to remove it quietly for some reason? (Things that are useful are often patented to someone else?)
     
  17. Pagemakers macrumors 68000

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    Nope. I have several 10.5.7 macs and this issue is only on one of them
     
  18. shadownddust thread starter macrumors member

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    I checked and calculator is still in my applications folder. This happened a few months ago too, but I did a reinstall of OSX for another reason and then it was back to normal. But now it no work.
     
  19. ttrtilley macrumors newbie

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    Old thread, but I can't find any newer relevant ones.
    10.6.8 Snow Leopard

    Spotlight does calculations fine, unless they contain a comma.
    For example 2**3 works and 2^3 works but not pow(2,3)
    Also not working are fmod(3.2,4.5) and hypot(3,4)

    10.7.0 Lion is just out so won't investigate this further.
     

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