I just installed Catalina (10.15.2). I can no longer launch many apps with Spotlight: Terminal.app, Mail.app, Calendar.app, the dictionary, etc.
Some apps do launch, like Safari and Numbers.
It appears that there are now two Applications areas, and it seems that Spotlight doesn't index any that are in the /System/Applications area.
I have tried adding and removing the /System/Applications directory from the privacy settings of Spotlight (apparently supposed to cause Spotlight to re-index an area), rebooting, clearing PRAM, and the following commands:
sudo mdutil -E / sudo mdutil -E /System sudo mdutil -E /System/Applications
All of which has been to no avail.
I haven't been able to find similar complaints online. Is this just affecting me? Or is this a general problem with Catalina?
If just me, what else can I try to diagnose or solve this?
OK, I tried the following sequence, suggested in the comments below:
sudo mdutil -i off -a sudo mdutil -i on -a
Then I repeated it and removed a Spotlight file while it was off (still without success):
sudo mdutil -i off -a sudo rm -fr /System/Volumes/Data/.Spotlight-V100 sudo mdutil -i on -a
Can anyone comment if Spotlight is working for them on Catalina to launch apps under /System/Applications (e.g., Terminal.app)? I still don't know if this is my problem or a general Catalina problem.