Spotlight does not return results when query is missing initial characters

Number:rdar://7297025 Date Originated:Oct 12, 2009 at 4:34 PM
Status:Closed due to age Resolved:Jan 5, 2021 at 9:48 AM
Product:macOS + SDK / Spotlight Product Version:
Classification: Reproducible:Yes
* SUMMARY Spotlight sometimes does not register the first character or two of a query. The resulting query string(thus missing the first character) does not deliver any results. 

 1. Press <Apple>-Space to invoke spotlight query window.
 2. Type a query for a known file, omitting the first letter(e.g. "erminal" for the Terminal app).
 2. Browse to certain podcasts, such as WNYC's Radio Lab podcast, 3/25/08 episode "War of the Worlds"

* EXPECTED RESULTS Spotlight would likely search for words beginning with the typed string, but after exhausting those options, it would look for partial matches. A query for "erminal" would first find "erminal.pdf" and then ""

* ACTUAL RESULTS Spotlight reports "No Results Found"


* NOTES See bug #7297055 for information about how spotlight is dropping inputted characters.


Feedback number

rdar://FB5946978 replaced rdar://7297025

By jimgrisham at Aug. 16, 2022, 4:59 p.m. (reply...)

Much has changed since it was filed. Please check the latest Apple releases for updates affecting this issue.

Apple @ Jan 5, 2021 at 9:48 AM

By jimgrisham at Aug. 16, 2022, 4:58 p.m. (reply...)

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