I installed an App called cocktail and disabled spotlight. But now the Application does not start and it gives an error of some sort. I deleted the App and I do not have Spotlight anymore.

Can I enable it from some other place? How?


  • and how did you disable the Spotlight? – Ruskes Jan 13 '15 at 7:27
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    "an error of some sort" … knowing the error would help. Also, knowing whether it disabled indexing or just the UI – Tetsujin Jan 13 '15 at 7:31
  • @Buscar웃 There was a menu item in the application I mentioned. – Koray Tugay Jan 13 '15 at 7:42
  • @Tetsujin I deleted the app so I do not know the error anymore. It only disabled the UI. CMD + Space does not work either. – Koray Tugay Jan 13 '15 at 7:43
  • Cocktail will only run if you have the correct version for the OS. Mavericks was v7, Yosemite is v8. It can disable UI &/or indexing, so we're not certain which you did, though after grgarside's answer it looks like UI – Tetsujin Jan 13 '15 at 7:50


sudo chmod 755 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search


killall SystemUIServer

  • ah, don't think that works in Yosemite. get the latest version of Cocktail instead & use that ;) – Tetsujin Jan 13 '15 at 7:52
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

Once running this, wait for Spotlight index to update.

  • I am getting: /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist: Operation already in progress The software only disabled the UI I guess – Koray Tugay Jan 13 '15 at 7:42

Have you checked the status of spotlight on the boot volume?

mdutil -s /

If enabled, maybe you need to purge and rebuild. Just Try

sudo mdutil -Ei off /

This will disable Spotlight on the boot volume and delete the index. Then

sudo mdutil -i on /

This will re-enable Spotlight on the boot volume and create a new index.

Tail your log file to look for errors. For complete details, read the mdutil man page (man mdutil).

Hope this helps


I removed coctail and installed again, then enabled spotlight.

  • thought that might turn out to be easiest ;) – Tetsujin Jan 13 '15 at 8:15
  • so now we will never know how that happened :( – Ruskes Jan 13 '15 at 8:17
  • @Buscar웃 You can always install Cocktail, disable spotlight and remove Cocktail :) Thanks for your help. – Koray Tugay Jan 13 '15 at 8:23
  • or just disable it & check logs, see what it did – Tetsujin Jan 13 '15 at 8:24
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    If you would like to make this question an interesting one, I would suggest to: • uninstall Cocktail, • check that Spotlight UI is OK, • install Cocktail, • deactivate the Spotlight UI, • note and write here the "error message" you get. – dan Jan 13 '15 at 8:25

The easiest thing to do is go back to Cocktail >> System >> Spotlight >> Uncheck "Hide menu bar icon".

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