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I've tried for days about every solution out there for Big Sur, and the combination of these steps seemed to solve it for me. Trust me I didn't want do disable system integrity either but it's the only thing that worked: Disable system integrity (restart -> hold cmd + r -> select utilities terminal -> csrutil disable -> restart again) run sudo ...


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From a Terminal window you can also just kill the SafariQuickLookPreview process as follows: pkill -9 SafariQuickLookPreview


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There are two possibilities: The OS is displaying the image file incorrectly. The image file itself is corrupt. If you can find an application that uses different routines to display the image file, then you may be able to rule out the first option, if you can get the image to display correctly in a third-party app. Otherwise, it's an issue for the ...


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I use mdutil command to prevent indexing on external drive, I feel that is more reliable. To check if the external drive has indexing enabled or not, run the command: $ mdutil -s /Volumes/<VolumeName> Indexing enabled. To disable indexing, run the command (require user password): $ sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/<VolumeName> Indexing disabled. ...


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It is rather drastic, but you can tell Spotlight to erase all indexes with this command in Terminal (which will ask for your password): sudo mdutil -Ea It will then rebuild all the indexes. You can show the status of indexing with: mdutil -sa or mdutil -sav


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The apps that are displayed in "Open With..." are taken from the Launch Services database which keeps track of what apps can open which file types. In your case it would seem that Launch Services thinks you may have an appropriate app on your Firewire disks (even though you there aren't any - it is wanting to look). Older versions of macOS seem to ...


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A couple of thoughts... First, you might try searching for '1' in a Finder search window. That also uses spotlight, but since the results are presented through the Finder you might get a usable error message that will help you diagnose the problem. Second, you can try working with the unix spotlight metadata commands, particularly mdfind and mdutil. The ...


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This is a long shot, but it might work. Spotlight might be crashing because the first document in the results somehow crashes Spotlight when previewed. A way to change that would be to change the results. So… Create a folder on your desktop called "1". Double click the folder to open it. Close the window. Try the spotlight search now and see if it ...


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If you don't get the crash on a fresh user account, you might want to force the system to rebuild the Spotlight index: From the Apple menu, go to System Preferences In System Preferences, select Spotlight, and chose the Privacy tab on the Spotlight screen Click the "+" icon at the bottom of the screen and add a folder (any folder) to the list of ...


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For me, it was as simple as opening terminal (use command + space, then type terminal) Then simply sudo mdutil -a -i off It will ask for you password, enter it and hit enter. Then sudo mdutil -a -i on


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I'm on Apple M1 and I don't have any external hard-drive connected. I have a folder on desktop which includes all my NodeJS projects. Since it is a working directory and lots of files and folders keep getting added/removed from it, I included it in the list for preventing spotlight from searching it: Spotlight >> Privacy >> Prevent Spotlight ...


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