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I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored in /.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1/Exclusions.plist, and therefore it shouldn't be backed up because Time Machine doesn't back up a lot of the hidden files, especially in the root directory (/.fseventd being the example that comes to mind).

So is it true that it isn't backed up? And why isn't it stored in ~/Library/Preferences/ then?

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The Mac OS version you are using, is missing. – Pro Backup Oct 22 '12 at 8:56
Sorry; I'm using OS X 10.8. – Gary Oct 30 '12 at 0:40
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Default Time Machine exclusions are in the file /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions.plist

In 10.7.5 this file has a section named: PathsExcluded Which contains: /.Spotlight-V100

So it is very likely that /.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1/Exclusions.plist will not be backed up by Time Machine.

I don't know where the "Spotlight Privacy tab" preferences are stored.

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