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Mac OSX can't search on smb  via finder

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OSX version 10.9.5 or 10.10.5
wndows version : windows 2008 R2
Shared folder path: smb://server01/sharedFolder

When I open the smb shared folder and type in a file name"search01". finder shows "Searching "search01"" and stay there forever.

Is it  a mis-conifguration issue or OSX doesn't support smb indexing?


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To enable spotlight indexing on a network drive open terminal and enter the following command:

 mdutil /Volumes/name -i on

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@nappy_d,
Tried the command without luck. ran it as root

test-001:~ root# mdutil /Volumes/media/ -s
/Volumes/media:
	Indexing and searching disabled.
test-001:~ root# mdutil /Volumes/media/ -i on
/Volumes/media:
	Indexing and searching disabled.
test-001:~ root# mdutil /Volumes/media/ -s
/Volumes/media:
	Indexing and searching disabled.

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Did you turn  indexing using this command?

  • mdutil /Volumes/name -i on
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yes, you can see the result from my previous post
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Tested it and verified it as working as I am aslo running 10.10.5...hmm

indexing command
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Why are you running this command as root?
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10.9.x (a.k.a. Mavericks) has some known issues with SMB shares.  I'm not too sure about 10.10.x (Yosemite) but thought that it had improved with that O/S.

Another possibility:
Is it possible that the Windows Server admin has disabled indexing somehow?  I'm not sure if that is possible but you never know until you ask.
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There is a free search utility called "EasyFind", it does not user searchlight. I use it, but not on SMB shares.
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You can also go to the command line and use the unix find command.

find /Volumes/SMB_Share_Folder  -name "search01"

This will take a little while if your folder has a lot of files.

If you want a spotlight type search speed on the command line and always remain connected to your SMB share, you can enable locate.

sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.locate.plist

Once everything is indexed, you just use:

locate "search01"

Is your SMB share permanently connected?  I don't believe that Spotlight will work well if you are not always connected to the share.  Differences that may have appeared in between mounts will not show up until it is re-indexed.  That  goes for the command line locate as well.
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Thank you guys, I manged to turn on index on the smb drive.
but the index function is really unstable.  it works for a while and then stopped working.

I also checked the window server index function is turned on.

"Easy find" is a great app and much faster.
But this mac user 's part daily work is to upload stuff from the smb drive by searching the name to a website.

I will try to upgrade the osx to 10.11 that maybe able to fix this issue.
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