Spotlight stopped working ... if I go to spotlight search (top right), it just hangs.

Same with Apple-F in Finder ... it causes Finder to hang for a minute or so. Cannot search.

I went to Spotlight Sys Prefs. Switching to Privacy Tab takes like 10 seconds. Then If I try to add a drive to Privacy tab, it either crashes SysPrefs, or gives me this:

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So I tried all kinds of things I found online, like

sudo mdutil -a -i off
sudo mdutil -i on
sudo mdutil -a -E -v
sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist
sudo mdutil -aEv

sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100
sudo rm -rf /Volumes/0/.Spotlight-V100


I tried rebooting from a backup System drive & repairing permissions from Disk Utility.

But it still doesn't work!

Help! OSX 10.6.8

Update: some more weirdness: The plist for mds tries to launch /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Support/mds

But if I look inside /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/

I see that Support is just a hardlink to Versions/Current/Support

Support -> Versions/Current/Support

Then looking inside Versions I see only one folder called A and inside that are Headers, Metadata, Resources, Support -- and inside Support is: mds,mdworker,mdworker32,mdwrite

Should I edit my com.apple.metadata.mds.plist to launch /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Versions/A/Support/mds ??

What the heck is this A folder???

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  • Does anything interesting show up if you search for md or spotlight in system.log in Console? – Lri Jun 22 '12 at 7:47
  • Yes, actually! This repeats over and over: com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.metadata.mds[31908]): posix_spawn("/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Support/mds", ...): No such file or directory com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.metadata.mds[31908]): Exited with exit code: 1 com.apple.launchd[1] (com.apple.metadata.mds): Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds – Dan Jun 22 '12 at 8:02
  • But it stops after I do sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist – Dan Jun 22 '12 at 8:06
  • Frameworks can contain multiple versions in directories like A, B, etc. com.apple.metadata.mds.plist should already launch mds. Can you try upgrading to 10.7 or upgrade installing 10.6 again? – Lri Jun 22 '12 at 8:42
  • What does ls -l /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework show? – Mark Jun 22 '12 at 11:35

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