mdimport(1) General Commands Manual mdimport(1)
mdimport – import file hierarchies into the metadata datastore.
mdimport [-itpAXLr] [-d level] [-o -outputfile] [ file | directory ... ]
mdimport is used to test Spotlight plug-ins, list the installed plug-ins
and schema, and re-index files handled by a plug-in when a new plug-in is
The following options are available:
-i Request Spotlight to import file or recursively import
directory. The files will be imported using the normal
mechanisms and attributes will be stored in the Spotlight
index. This is the implied switch if none are specified.
-t Request Spotlight to test import file, sending the result back
to mdimport for possible further processing. The attributes
will not be stored in the Spotlight index. This is useful to
test Spotlight import plug-ins.
-d level Print debugging information. This requires -t.
print summary of test import
print summary of import and all attributes, except kMDItemTextContent
print summary of import and all attributes
Store attribute into
Print out performance information gathered during the run. This requires
Print out the list of all of the attributes and their
localizations in the current language and exit.
Print the schema file and exit.
Print the list of installed importers and exit.
Ask the server to reimport files for UTIs claimed by the listed plugin.
For example, the following would cause all of the chat files on the system to be reimported:
mdimport -r /System/Library/Spotlight/Chat.mdimporter
-f is obsolete in Leopard and beyond.
mdfind(1), mdutil(1), mdls(1)
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