I am running macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6 (17G65).

I enabled indexing on samba share by using sudo mdutil -i on command. The result:

$ sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/e\$/
    Indexing enabled. 

I did find the indexing cache location: /var/db/Spotlight-V100/Volumes/smb%3A%2F%2Fadministrator@ip%2Fe$/ and /private/var/db/Spotlight-V100/Volumes/smb%3A%2F%2Fadministrator@ip%2Fe$/.

But after three hours, I still can not find anything from the samba share via Spotlight and tag mdfind commands.

For example:

[/Volumes/e$]$ tag -a test test

# after three hours ......... 

[/Volumes/e$]$ tag -f test              # nothing returns
[/Volumes/e$]$ mdfind tag:test          # nothing returns

1 Answer 1


Since nobody answers this question, I posted what I found so far.

(1) Spotlight and command line tools tag, mdfind won't work on samba network drive.

(2) To search filename and tag, Finder app works. Finder --> open the samba network drive folder --> In search bar, type filename or tag:tagname, it works very well.


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