Verfasst von: hugahaga | 14 April 2010

How to get OS X to index my Network Volumes with Spotlight? – Super User

You can have spotlight index networked volumes using mdutil with it’s -i switch (indexing).


mdutil /Volumes/ldm -i on

the only caveat is that you must do this each time you mount the drive. There are various expansions on this and workarounds to make things easier in the article linked to above.

Okay ran the above, got: /Volumes/webwork: Indexing enabled. – but that Volume doesn’t show up as an option in search results, nor does it seem like Spotlight is indexing it. – Darren Newton Feb 1 at 13:30
Is the spotlight icon flashing? You have to give it a while to index. Even longer than normal since it’s a network volume. – John T Feb 1 at 13:36
No, no flashing. NAS volume is mounted via AFP. Is there a Spotlight logfile anywhere I can look at? – Darren Newton Feb 1 at 13:38
Is there a .Spotlight-V100 file at the root of the network volume? If spotlight can’t write to the volume, it can’t save an indexing file. – John T Feb 1 at 13:48
I think this is only possible with HFS volumes. Running sudo mdutil -p /Volumes/webwork gave me Error: datastore publishing not implemented. – Darren Newton Feb 1 at 13:50
I’m positive you can use non-HFS volumes, because I lent a friend of mine a FAT32 formatted USB stick, and I got it back with all that clutter on it — .Trashes, .Spotlight-V100 and so on (he uses a Mac). – John T Feb 1 at 14:07
I think the key to you last comment is USB stick. Spotlight searches mounted Firewire/USB drives fine, I’m trying to index an NAS mounted via Ethernet. – Darren Newton Feb 1 at 15:40
Maybe EasyFind would be better (… ). I know for a fact that it works with NAS volumes: – John T Feb 1 at 16:34


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