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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: rombaldi on Nov 07, '11 12:21:33PM

A genius at an apple store prescribed the following on permissions:

When you use the Disk Utility app and Repair Permissions ó it doesnít actually repair the permission settings on folders and files in your Home folder where your documents and personal applications reside.

In Lion, there is an additional Repair Permissions application utility hidden away. This tool is located inside boot Repair Utilities. Hereís how to access it.
1 Restart Lion and hold down the Command and R keys.
2 You will boot into the Repair Utilities screen. On top, in the Menu Bar click the Utilities item then select Terminal.
3 In the Terminal window, type resetpassword and hit Return.
4 The Password reset utility launches, but youíre not going to reset the password. Instead, click on the icon for your Macís hard drive at the top. From the drop-down below it, select the user account where you are having issues.
5 At the bottom of the window, youíll see an area labeled 'Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs'. Click the Reset button there.
The reset process takes a couple of minutes. When itís done, quit the programs youíve opened and restart your Mac. Notice that 'Spotlight' starts re-indexing immediately.



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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: BiL Castine on Nov 08, '11 09:50:56AM

wow, this should totally be a separate hint.



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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: fud on Nov 10, '11 12:13:27PM

Repairing USER permissions using the Lion Recovery partition fixed all my Spotlight problems. Also seemed to fix my Finder View Options randomly not sticking. I did before and after on a few directories in the terminal, and have no idea how my USER permissions were so messed up. Now I wonder if this shouldn't be part of a major system update, or user account migration.



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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: Kev Dion on Sep 03, '12 11:13:20AM

It didn't work for me, Spotlight didn't automatically start re-indexing after restart. Any further suggestions?



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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: Kev Dion on Sep 03, '12 02:04:59PM

Yes it did, I am just a moron



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