What the heck is "mdimport"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Millwood, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Millwood macrumors regular

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    So I'm casually surfing the web, firefox is the only app running (of course there are background stuff going on) and my fan keeps whining. So i check the activity monitor and see a program named "mdimport" running and using 69%, 80.8%, 90% memory, and it fluctuates all sorts of high percentages.

    What exactly is this and why does it continually run and cause my fan to keep whining on and using so much cpu %? If I choose quit process, it just comes back.
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    http://www.help2go.com/Tutorials/Running_Processes/mdimport_:_What_is_it?.html

     
  3. Millwood thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for the info.

    I never use spotlight, never really had the use for it. So it seems like something I don't really need it to do if it's working that hard.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, it shouldn't be working that hard all the time unless you've just added a massive bunch of files to your machine or a connected drive that needs indexing.
     

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