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louploup
I was using 3.9. After a power outage shut off computer it stopped giving me ANY search results. I upgraded to 4.2 today. Same problem: Searches give NO results. I made sure Spotlight was on using sudo command in Terminal (found at http://www.iclarified.com/49187/how-to-disable-and-reenable-spotlight-indexing-on-your-mac). Spotlight is pathetic but it does show a few results. 

Why isn't HoudahSpot finding anything?

Basic: MacPro with Yosemite (10.10.5).

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houdah
Hi!

You probably have a corrupted Spotlight index. Try rebuilding it:

1. Go to System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy
2. Add you startup disk – not just individual folders – to the list
3. Wait a bit to be sure the old Spotlight index is delete
4. Remove the startup disk from the Privacy list
5. Leave the computer running overnight to rebuild the index


Before doing that you may want to check your drive for file system and permission problems:

1. Boot your Mac using the recovery partition: restart your Mac and hold down the Command and R keys at startup
2. Open the Disk Utility application
3. Run "Repair Disk" on your system disk
4. Run "Repair Permissions" on you system disk


Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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louploup
Thank you very much. I got HoudahSpot to work with the reboot method. And repaired permissions on boot drive.

To clarify: putting volumes on the Privacy list delete's the Spotlight index for that volume? 
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houdah
Yes, adding a volume to the privacy list deletes the index. Once the volume is removed, Spotlight sees that the drive is supposed to indexed and starts building a fresh index.

Best,

Pierre Bernard
Houdah Software s.à r.l.

Houdah Software s. à r. l.
https://www.houdah.com

HoudahGeo: One-stop photo geocoding
HoudahSpot: Advanced file search utility
Tembo: Easy and effective file search
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