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A possible fix for Spotlight re-indexing problems System
This tip might be handy if Spotlight seems to take forever to re-index. I re-indexed Spotlight, and it started showing the spinning wheel. I was unable to pinpoint an obvious reason for this.

Some weeks later I decided to get rid of most of the DYLD errors from the Console log. As a step in doing I booted the machine into safe mode, and cleaned all the system caches. After having done that Spotlight started working as it should again, reading the indices when performing searches.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. I posted it as much as anything as a reminder that clearing the system caches should be a part of any regular maintenance plan, and often an early step in a troubleshooting procedure.]
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A possible fix for Spotlight re-indexing problems
Authored by: allanmarcus on May 21, '10 10:47:51AM

Can you be more specific about "cleaning the system caches"?



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A possible fix for Spotlight re-indexing problems
Authored by: stepwallace on May 21, '10 05:47:40PM

I'd guess they're recommending removing the contents of these folders:
/Library/Caches/*
/System/Library/Caches/*

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A possible fix for Spotlight re-indexing problems
Authored by: tbertran on May 21, '10 04:02:04PM

Yes, please. Specific is good.



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A possible fix for Spotlight re-indexing problems
Authored by: MacUser06 on May 22, '10 05:28:17AM

I used Onyx (free) and cleaned every item under the cleaning tab expect the caches for browser history, bookmark icons, form values and cookies.

I think the most important caches to clean were kernel cache and boot cache, but I just cleaned them all expect the afore mentioned. Even though the Safe boot should have cleaned some of them.

Regards

MacUser06



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Not regular maintenance
Authored by: chsnyder on May 22, '10 07:45:09AM

Anyone scratching their head over this hint should take a look at http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/maintainingmacosx.html

Cleaning the caches is a troubleshooting step (which is exactly what the author of this hint implies) not regular maintenance.



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