[OT] Looking For OS X Troubleshooting Suggestions

Scott Rossi scott at tactilemedia.com
Thu Sep 13 01:07:06 EDT 2012

The Spotlight processes that I read about are mds and mdworker.  I haven't changed anything significant lately (that I think is significant) but the system might think otherwise.  I just don't know what else to look for.


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, UX Design

On Sep 12, 2012, at 9:53 PM, Kay C Lan <lan.kc.macmail at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM, Scott Rossi <scott at tactilemedia.com>wrote:
>> The one thing I found online is that the Spotlight
>> indexing process can sometimes go crazy and intermittently bog down the
>> processor -- Onyx supposedly allows you to disable this but I'm not certain
>> this is the problem (not a regular culprit in Activity Monitor).
> What are you looking for in Activity Monitor? mdworker not Spotlight is
> what you are looking for. Also, you can see the pulsating dot in the
> Spotlight magnifying glass.
> Have you changed anything recently? New HD, new External HD, new
> TimeMachine HD or TimeCapsule.
> I have TimeMachine and Carbon Copy Cloner backups and if they ever run
> simultaneously then things can bog down, so I'll pause one.
> Other than that the worst I've ever had is Spotlight indexing, and it's
> just as you describe.
> Good luck.
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