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After upgrading to OS X El Capitan, I was troubled by Spotlight crashing after I’d entered the letters st. I could reproduce the issue at will, and found the following entries in the Console logs:
02/10/15 12:12:37,642 Spotlight: XPC connection was invalidated 02/10/15 12:12:37,824 spindump: Got xpc error message in libspindump client connection: Connection invalid 02/10/15 12:12:37,825 com.apple.xpc.launchd: (com.apple.Spotlight) Service exited due to signal: Segmentation fault: 11 02/10/15 12:12:37,845 com.apple.xpc.launchd: (com.apple.ReportCrash) Endpoint has been activated through legacy launch(3) APIs. Please switch to XPC or bootstrap_check_in(): com.apple.ReportCrash 02/10/15 12:12:37,852 ReportCrash: platform_thread_get_unique_id matched 158875 02/10/15 12:12:37,852 ReportCrash: Activity ID for thread 0x26c9b – 0x73f7a 02/10/15 12:12:38,217 ReportCrash: Saved crash report for Spotlight version 1.0 (972.9) to /Users/user/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Spotlight_2015-10-02-121238_computer.crash
After a number of frustrating days, I was able to resolve the issue by deleting and rebuilding the index. Here’s how:
- From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences.
- Click Spotlight.
- Click the Privacy tab.
- Drag a folder or an entire volume (your hard drive) to the list. If prompted for confirmation, click OK.
- Remove the item or volume you just added to the list by clicking it and then clicking the minus (“-“) button.
- Close Spotlight preferences.
Once re-indexed, the issue disappeared.