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10.5: Disable Spotlight completely
Authored by: zbender on Mar 26, '08 04:26:19PM
5) If only some of your accounts need/want to have Spotlight enabled, you can copy the /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Spotlight.plist to the users own ~/Library/LaunchAgents folder and enable/start Spotligth:
cp /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Spotlight.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
launchctl -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Spotlight.plist
Actually, I think your steps are wrong at sequence 5. To re-enable, you must:
launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.Spotlight.plist
sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.metadata.mds.plist

I wanted to totally disable Spotlight and the mds indexer, so I could use Google Desktop instead. Of course, then I realised that Google Desktop *requires* mds indexer to be active, and probably needs Spotlight fully enabled.
...this is why I had to re-enable, and how I found your typo.

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