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I see that after installing a software that ships with documentation in OS X’s help document format, the helpd process uses 100% CPU for up to 5 minutes or so. I also see this when you first install OS X.

I assume this happens because of indexing of the new documentation that was added by the new application.

Is there a way to make this indexing a bit less resource intensive?

Slow it down, maybe? When it happens, my system just crawls to a halt until it is finished.

Have anyone else experience the same problem?

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This does not seem normal, but what is an example Application that displayed the indexing slowness. What version of Mac OS X are you running? What kind of Mac are you using? –  MrDaniel May 4 '12 at 11:34

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