Spotlight Server Disabled - Help

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Moses, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Moses macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
    I'm running 10.6.1 and Spotlight has suddenly stopped working. I've tried the usual terminal-based fixes (e.g. re-indexing, etc) but it keeps telling me that "Spotlight Server is disabled" and I can't re-enable it using the normal terminal commands that I've found through google.

    Also, my external hard drive has stopped working all of a sudden, firewire connection.

    All I've done recently is install World of Warcraft.

    I've tried repairing permissions, zapping pram, etc.

  2. Moses thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
    Woo, fixed it after some terminal jockeying. I used the following commands:

    cd /System/Library/LaunchDaemons
    sudo launchctl load -w

    I know nothing about Unix, but this worked.
  3. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    Just curious, is this an issue in Snow Leopard Server or Client. Thanks.
  4. Moses thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2006
  5. Sytheii macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2011
    Hello, I am incredibly new to OSX, and my spotlight wasnt functioning correctly either, actually, i could click on it, and nothing appeared, so i followed the troubleshooting steps here

    and I tried all of those, and now I actually get 2 notes to popup now, prefrences and search...

    so I tried your little terminal code, and now, it spotlight searches, but it only returns image results, which needless to say is not helpful :(

    Any idea on how to resolve this issue?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  6. perpetualstudy macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2012
    spotlight Server Disabled - Help

    tried many other suggestions kindly offered by others. none worked, but yours worked like a charm!

    many many thanks!
  7. gotflat macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2013
    Registered to say that this methods works.

  8. michiemme macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2011
    Confirmed working on Mountain Lion 10.8.4!


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