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10.4: Repair a non-functional Spotlight System 10.4
Problem: Spotlight will only find some files, and fails to re-index. I had a stubborn Spotlight that wouldn't find files; I searched high and low for solutions. I found some help in this post, but it never permanently fixed the problem. While trying to reindex using Apple's instructions, I noticed that if files are corrupt, Spotlight fails.

Solution: Boot into single user mode (Command-S at startup) and run the file system check by typing /sbin/fsck -fy (this command will be shown on screen in single user mode). Virus scanners are another way to find corrupt files. I found the corrupt files with the files system check and fixed them, and now Spotlight is reindexing correctly. This fix should work for any similar Spotlight issues in 10.5, too.
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10.4: Repair a non-functional Spotlight
Authored by: wjv on Jan 28, '08 08:12:22AM

This happened to me once under Tiger.

You can check which file is causing the problem by manually running mdimport in the foreground with a non-zero debuglevel, e.g.:

mdimport -d1 /

Futher, while booting the system in single-user mode and fscking is certainly correct, you can also boot from your OS X install disc, run Disk Utility (off said install disc), and repair your boot volume

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10.4: Repair a non-functional Spotlight
Authored by: Spliff on Jan 28, '08 09:51:59AM

Okay, I entered that command. What am I supposed to look for in the output? I've got a whole bunch of messages about files with "no plugin."

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