Spotlight not working on Mac OSX


Spotlight was showing fewer and fewer results until one day it stopped even showing results from /Applications. As this is how I launch apps, something had to be done!

Opening up

$ sudo mdutil -i on -E /
Error: unable to perform operation.  (-400)
	No index.

OK, so I need to delete the index, kill all the associated processes and hopefully things will restart.

$ sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100/
$ sudo killall -9 mdworker
$ sudo killall -9 mds
$ sudo mdutil -i on -E /
	Indexing enabled. 

Presto! Everything working again as normal!

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