Spotlight starts indexing automatically - weekly?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pit29, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. pit29 macrumors 6502a

    pit29

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    #1
    Dear all,

    In the last 3 weeks, my MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5.2 + latest updates) has started indexing my internal harddrive twice without me telling it to do so. Hard Drive Utility tells me everything is ok with the drive, I did not reformat / reinstall Leopard on it, no crazy 3rd party system maintainance software running...

    How did this happen? And, more importantly - can I do something to prevent this from happening next week? I'd appreciate any suggestions...

    Pit
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #2
    Try removing your Spotlight preference file com.apple.spotlight.plist from the Preferences folder, and then let it reindex overnight. Hopefully it'll only have to do it that once. :)
     
  3. pit29 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    pit29

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    #3
    Thank you.

    I deleted that file (in ~/Library/Preferences) and restarted. However, the spotlight database did not rebuilt itself automatically, and there is a new file in place. Am I missing something?

    But maybe that was enough already. If I do not post back here, this has solved it for me eventually...

    Pit
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    #4
    Yeah the file should have been recreated, but with its default values. :)
     

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