I cannot seem to be able to get TimeMachine to backup my HD, because a given directory seems to contain corrupted files so that I get this kind of message in the Console:

com.apple.backupd: Indexing a file failed. Returned 1 for: /Users/JohnDoe/This.Folder/this.file


How to request that spotlight indexes one specific folder only?

My purpose is to identify in one shot all the defective files

Ideally I would prefer that the indexing be temporarily and quick (I.e it should not impact the default index) since my purpose is to identify defective files.

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    Follow the steps in this answer. It will tell you how to add & remove locations from Spotlight's index. See if it helps and post back.
    – fsb
    Mar 31, 2017 at 13:05
  • Thanks. But I am looking at a command line to index only temporarily one given directory.
    – chris
    Apr 1, 2017 at 11:54
  • You should probably update your question to state that you're looking for a temporary solution using command line only. The question doesn't indicate that. It will help prevent you from receiving answers that don't meet your needs.
    – fsb
    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:19
  • You are right. Will do
    – chris
    Apr 1, 2017 at 12:30
  • Have you tried using mdimport /path/to/target/folder? Apr 1, 2017 at 15:01


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