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10.4: Disabling Spotlight in target disk mode
Authored by: ocdinsomniac on Nov 17, '06 09:00:20AM
This makes sense, as Spotlight works on a per-drive basis (i.e. the index for a given drive is stored on that drive, no matter where or how that drive is mounted). If you want to turn off Spotlight on a drive without having to completely re-index it later, you can use the command line:
sudo mdutil -i off "Path_To_Volume"
This will turn off indexing but preserve the actual index files. When you're ready to turn Spotlight back on, use:
sudo mdutil -i on "Path_To_Volume"
Spotlight will be re-enabled for the volume, and will only need to index newly added files. All this applies to firewire drives and partitions as well, by the way.

-systemsboy



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