I'm running 10.13.5.

Spotlight wasn't finding stuff, like recent email and so on, so I rebuilt the Spotlight index for the boot volume (APFS) via mdutil. mdworker and such churned for a while, but not really that long before it fell back to say .2 cpu time (500gb) and it's still borked. Can't find applications, recent folders, etc. Oddly, it seems most of the stuff it can find is old, like 2017 or earlier old. It's also borked on an external APFS SSD.

I've also tried rebuilding via adding and removing drives in Sys Prefs. Deleted Spotlight prefs. Deleted Spotlight cache. Ran First Aid on both drives; they're fine.

I was thinking it was maybe some permission thing, but there seems to be no pattern.

  • How long did you leave it to reindex? having jumped those hoops recently, I'd say it takes far longer than you'd think looking at activity monitor. Having said that, I have recently lost all faith in APFS to do anything properly at all; I'm back on HFS+ :/ – Tetsujin Jul 2 '18 at 17:01
  • It's been several hours now. But mds, mdworker are using virtually no CPU per activitiy monitor, so I dunno...maybe that's the most they can do. I set Caffeine to keep the machine on and we'll see I guess. – 211Oakland Jul 2 '18 at 18:38
  • Did you resolve this after all? I'm seeing a similar behaviour. – FreeNickname Sep 26 '18 at 20:46

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