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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads System
I just got a new Mac mini, and noticed it was crawling along. So I used Activity Monitor, and discovered that the mdworker and mds processes (both related to Spotlight) were constantly using 60% of CPU on both cores. After a bit of digging, I figured out that this was due to the constant indexing of the destination folders of some torrents I was downloading.

The fix was creating a dedicated folder for my torrent downloads, and then adding that folder to the Privacy tab in the Spotlight System Preferences panel, so Spotlight no longer indexes that folder.

Now the mdworker and mds processes are behaving normally and my system is running much faster.
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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads
Authored by: guns on Mar 31, '09 10:43:42AM

Haha you were torrenting files faster than the system could index them?! And then the fix is to turn off indexing?! This was great.



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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads
Authored by: VesperDEM on Mar 31, '09 11:31:38AM

Guns, try download 10,000 pdf/chm ebooks sometime. After a few of those, your Mac will slow to a crawl.

I did this exact hint about a month ago to deal with the exact same issue. Never thought to send it over to the hint site here. :shrug: Guess I should have.

Of course it would be nice if I had an index of all the text in those ebooks, but considering the draw on the CPU, I figured I can search for what I am looking for via the titles of the books instead of what is inside them.



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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads
Authored by: zo219 on Mar 31, '09 02:17:25PM

... try importing them into DevonThink Pro, or maybe Yep ... download some trials. I love DTPro because I don't have to open anything to see its contents, PDFs included.



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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads
Authored by: joshewah on Apr 01, '09 03:55:47AM

Same here. i got an amazon kindle and went crazy on e-books. System was so slow, then I realized there were thousands of files it was re-indexing every time the torrent program updated a small section. It also goes into zip files etc.
Torrents don't download the entire thing in order, it does it in random pieces by what is available.

I set transmission to use a directory ~/Downloads/Incomplete Torrents
Then I set spotlight to ignore that. That way once they are downloaded it can index them and I can search the files.



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Fix Spotlight task overload due to torrent downloads
Authored by: timhaigh on Mar 31, '09 06:56:41PM

Actually even when I was finished downloading and was seeding the spotlight processes were still using 60% so it had nothing to do with the speed of my downloading.

I think it is more to do with the way spotlight works trying to index a file or folder that is constantly showing as a modified file.



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