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Redux: Mac OS X – Spotlight not finding many files: force a rescan solved it

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/22

I bumped into a case where none of the steps in Mac OS X – Spotlight not finding many files: force a rescan solved it helped.

The problem was that my SD card at  /Volumes/SanDisk400GB/ was not indexed any more, but the SSD was.

These steps solved it:

$ sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/SanDisk400GB/
2019-02-25 16:32:47.097 mdutil[14810:3728038] mdutil disabling Spotlight: /Volumes/SanDisk400GB -> kMDConfigSearchLevelFSSearchOnly
    Indexing disabled.
$ sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/SanDisk400GB/
/Volumes/SanDisk400GB:
    Indexing enabled. 
$ sudo mdutil -E /Volumes/SanDisk400GB/
/Volumes/SanDisk400GB:
    Indexing enabled. 
$ sudo mdutil -E /
/:
    Indexing enabled. 
$ sudo mdutil -p

I am not sure if any of these can be omitted.

An odd thing: sudo mdutil -s does not show any output on progress. It is too late now, but I suspect it requires a volume parameter, just like -i and -E require.

–jeroen

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