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I just want to celebrate

Posted 01-02-2018 at 04:47 PM by Habitual
Updated 01-02-2018 at 05:10 PM by Habitual

Today, I was using Mac Mail and I went to turn in my Timecard, so as "usual" I hit search in Mail.
I wanted to "see" what email for my timecard I turned in last week, but all Mail searches returned empty sets, in Mail and Spotlight.

I see the email, I search for it, and it says it's "not found", based on the search. I see it. I can touch it, copy/edit/forward if I want, just couldn't search for it.

And all my "smart mailboxes" weren't working either.
Ack. The plot thickens.

We created a privileged user and logged in. Failed searches. OK, good. It's not "me".
We re-installed High Sierra. No help.
I ttried to get into NVRAM using ctrl+command+P+R like 6 times. I felt so helpless.
It wouldn't "go". I asked the tech if this was "common" using this command and he said it "happens all the time." and they purposely made to hard to exec.
I felt ineffective. REISUB, now that I can "get", but that mess? Heck no.
He kept insisting an NVRAM reset would help, I dug in on the one. Didn't make sense to me.
But hell, I don't know what's in there...(BIOS-like restricted env.?)
Closest thing I've seen is a Sun Systems has something like it. an EPROM??

Smarter people than I wrote it.

Leveled up to a Supervisor techie, and we tried the GUI-centric methods of adding the Mac HD to Spotlight, and quickly removing it to force a re-build of the indices. Nope. it was and 3 commands later, it's fixed.
sudo mdutil -i off
sudo mdutil -E /
sudo mdutil -i on /
Mail search and Spotlight search both "see" my Mail!!
Mail is restored.

I bought this Mac because I wasn't being challenged much any more and i miss those serendipitous occasions where things become new, fresh, and exciting.
I bought it to force me to evaluate my processes and routines.

I expected to be called "user" and n00b a few times, but today I felt like one.
Helpless. I was also humbled.

My take-away is have some empathy for some users and n00bs, for I am one.
And not everything can be fixed by three commands (or posts?). Perspective is good.
The 3 commands I used today took and hour and a half before I got to issue the fix.

I don't do resolutions, New Years especially but i am trying not to to be the all-around asshole I can be.

We can't help everyone.
But everyone can help someone. - Ronald Reagan

Happy New Year
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