My spotlight searching hasn't worked for quite some time and I've tried everything I could find on Google. I can't search for anything on my MacBook.. literally nothing shows up. I'll list the things I've tried and specs:
Early 2011 2.2Ghz MBP 4GB RAM OSX 10.9.4
- disble/enable spotlight via terminal
- toggled hidden files and looked for ".metadataneverindex" couldn't find it
- repeated the previous, using terminal commands.. file not found
- put everything in the preferences/privacy "prevent indexing" then removed
- sudo mdutil -i on /
- sudo mdutil -E /
- sudo mdutil -a -i on
- zapping the PRAM
Based on what Trane Francks said in the comment below.. I built the DB and ran the line again. The second line is what it returned: locate .metadata_never_index /.metadata_never_index
I found .metadata_never_index as a hidden file in my root, so I deleted it and tried reindexing.. but its giving the "Indexing and searching are disabled" message still.
I've tried many of things and every time.. I get "indexing and searching disabled."
I just wanna be able to search my mac again!! Please help! Thanks.
sudo rm /.metadata_never_index.