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Spotlight Manager 1.0

Hello. First, I'm loving MagicMenu, so thank you very much for releasing it. I'm running 10.6.2 and when I tried to run Spotlight Manager I got the following error message:

launchctl: Couldn't stat("/system/Library/
LaunchAgents/"): No such
file or directory
nothing found to unload

Since you can't use spotlight with MagicMenu, I'm hoping whatever bug is causing this in 10.6 can be fixed for Spotlight Manager. Checked my system library launch agents folder and indeed, no such plist exists.

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:29:51 +0000

Let me take a look at this issue and then get back to you. I may need your help to troubleshoot this problem. Is 10.6 Snow Leopard? I'm still on 10.5.8. So MagicMenu works with Snow Leopard?

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:57:41 +0000

Yes, 10.6 is Snow Leopard and MagicMenu works beautifully on it. Regarding Spotlight Manager, it could just be an issue of the spotlight plist being in a different folder though I couldn't find it. I've tried to search several folders, in fact, and I can't locate it. Happy to help as much as I am able.

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 01:14:33 +0000

I did a bit of research. Looks like it takes a different method to disable Spotlight on Snow Leopard. But I think it's workable. I'll post it here when I have something ready for you to try.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 05:51:01 +0000

That's so generous of you. Looking forward to it very much.

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:59:11 +0000

Hi Evan,

I need your help. Would you paste the following line into Terminal and post the response here?

  ls -alF /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search

I need to determine the original condition of that file/directory in order to write a script to turn Spotlight back on in Snow Leopard. Thanks.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 23:58:17 +0000

Ok, this what terminal gave in response:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 855280 Oct 16 08:29 /System/Library/CoreServices/Search.bundle/Contents/MacOS/Search*

Hope this helps.


Thu, 25 Mar 2010 03:14:17 +0000

Thanks for your help. Based on the info you provided, I was able to come up with two programs to enable and disable Spotlight for Snow Leopard last night. I will test it in my "simulated" environment and package it up by this weekend, so that you can give it a try.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:59:40 +0000

Ok. Attached below is the beta version of the Spotlight Manager for Snow Leopard. Please give it a try and let me know if it works. Once you give me the thumb up or thumb down, then we'll get it polished up for release. Thanks.

Attached File: Spotlight Manager 1.0 Beta for Snow (47 KB)

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 27 Mar 2010 01:46:05 +0000

Ok, downloaded and tried it out. Ran the disable app and it removed the spotlight icon from the menubar. Than I ran the enable app and spotlight both reappeared in my menu bar and it began to index my system, which, I assume, means that the disable app really does successfully disable spotlight. Since spotlight begins to reindex the system after being turned back pon through the enable app I can only conclude one thing: SUCCESS! Thanks so much for taking the time to polish this up for Snow Leopard users, it's greatly appreciated.

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 02:13:44 +0000

That's great news, Evan! Thanks for being supportive. We will update the Spot Manager page this week to add the Snow Leopard version.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 10:19:24 +0000

Any update on an official release for spotlight manager for snow leopard?

Sun, 04 Apr 2010 20:43:13 +0000

Thanks for following up, Evan. I have released Spotlight Manager 1.0 for Snow Leopard on this web site. Click on "<< Back to Article" on this page to get it.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 16:38:41 +0000

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