Unable to search using Spotlight after booting system

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gumbyx84, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    I recently noticed that I Spotlight doesn't allow me to search for anything for a few minutes after booting the machine and login. I will type something in, but nothing is returned. If I want 10 or so minutes (haven't timed it), then results start to show up. At first I thought it was because Spotlight was re-indexing, but that doesnt seem to be the case. Is this normal behavior or is there something screwy with my Spotlight database?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can tell if Spotlight is indexing by the Menu Bar icon: [​IMG] (not indexing) [​IMG] (indexing)

    If you're not getting any search results, you could try forcing a re-index of your drive.
  3. gumbyx84, Feb 26, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2011

    gumbyx84 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 7, 2008
    Not getting search results isn't the problem. The problem is I'm not getting search results within the first 10 or so minutes after booting and logging into my account. Re-indexing would only fix the problem if I couldn't search for anything at all.

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