Does MacPorts depend on Spotlight?

Bill Cole macportsusers-20171215 at
Wed Nov 17 20:36:48 UTC 2021

On 2021-11-17 at 15:06:23 UTC-0500 (Thu, 18 Nov 2021 07:06:23 +1100 (EST))
Dave Horsfall <dave at>
is rumored to have said:

> On Wed, 17 Nov 2021, Peter Hancock wrote:
>> On Catalina, for me the command "sudo mdutil -i off /opt/local/var/macports"
>> evokes:
> [...]
> Where are all these obscure commands documented?

/usr/share/man/man1/ and /usr/share/man/man8/ mostly...

FWIW, 'apropos spotlight' will tell you that mdutil and mddiagnose exist.

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