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10.4: Completely disable Spotlight
Authored by: Makosuke on May 13, '05 02:22:45PM

Actually, at least with the drives I've tried it on, adding a drive to the "Privacy" list in Spotlight's preference pane does indeed immediately delete the index file for the drive. It's going to leave an invisible folder, but only to tell itself not to index it.

I say this not because I like Spotlight that much (good idea, still too funky and I miss the simplicity of the old Finder filename search), but because one of my partitions was incessantly indexing every time I downloaded something with Thoth (apparently it interpreted the temp files as text that needed indexing, leading to a ridiculous amount of scanning), even when I told it to ignore that folder, so I eventually just added the whole drive. At which point, I suddenly had 500MB more free space, leading me to believe that indeed, the index is deleted.

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Thoth sends mds out of control
Authored by: dogen on May 25, '05 02:06:56PM

I've run into the same problem. I have the downloads folder in the privacy list, but mds still goes crazy after grabbing files with Thoth. Quitting mds in the Activity Monitor can stop the cpu hogging, but with the downloads folder in the privacy list, I'd think the mds hyperactivity shouldn't happen to begin with. Is it a bug?

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