Spotlight shows as "indexing" in Mountain Lion - NOT the initial indexing

Discussion in 'macOS' started by c-t, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. c-t, Oct 29, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2012

    c-t macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Most of the time, when I go into Spotlight in Mountain Lion, 10.8.2, I see this annoyance every single time:


    However, one or two seconds afterwards, it always disappears again. It's as if it doesn't really want me to see this progress bar, but yet isn't quick enough to hide it.

    Does this look familiar to anyone here? How can I avoid it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You just need to let it finish indexing. The initial indexing may take a few hours. After that, maintaining the index will be unnoticeable in the background.

    To force re-indexing your drive:
    If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
    sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/your drive name"​
  3. AustinIllini macrumors G3


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    From what I understand, this is a common thing when you have a lot on your hard drive or when the OS is new. It should go away when finished indexing.
  4. c-t thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    I should have made it clearer that it has already finished indexing the whole drives. (I have updated my post now.)

    The progress bar appears there, and goes away again within a second or two.

    So it's not that "initial indexing" that's going on. Any ideas?
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If it only takes a second or two, it sounds like it's just updating the index. You could try doing a complete re-index and see if that solves it. Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it unless it takes longer.
  6. kaz219 macrumors member

    May 8, 2006
    I have the exact same issue. My computer is a fresh Mountain Lion install (no upgrade). It is not an issue in itself, since spotlight works, it doesn’t seem like slowing down my computer, but it's maybe a sign of an internal OS issue that might become a problem for me later on…
  7. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    i have noticed this too ... i had to put my Timeline disk on the exclude list and it seems to have gone away. or at least I don't notice it anymore ... definitely weird
  8. rahulbsb macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2013
    New Delhi, India
    It looks very very familiar.. This is something i encounter every now and then..The spotlight progress bar pops out from beneath the search bar and appears to reindex. It seems as starting to index but after some seconds vanishes.. I have tried almost everything to solve but i couldn't (putting Mac HDD in the private section of spotlight section and then removing it to changing stuff up at the root level Library) . This thing started out with 10.8.2 and is still there in 10.8.4...
    Do you still face this? Does anybody else have the same prob?
    Does anyone face this after having clean-installed Mountain Lion?

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