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10.4: Find one possible source of Spotlight issues
Authored by: chsnyder on Apr 24, '09 04:43:22AM

There are so many things that can break Spotlight's indexer, and they all need to be flagged as security vulnerabilities because when mdimport fails it does not do so gracefully. I really believe these are denial of service issues.

I had a partially downloaded video that Spotlight tried to index. By the time I discovered why the CPU was pegged and heating my PowerBook to 178C, a massive onslaught of log entries had filled the remaining space on the harddrive to the point where the system would not reboot. I lost a day reinstalling OS X to that one.

I've seen it choke on corrupt jpegs, too. And all of this happens in the background, where it's impossible for an everyday Mac user to get a handle on what's going on or how to stop it. Spotlight (and Quicklook) are incredibly useful. Here's hoping that mdimport gets reengineered in the next release of OS X.

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