i am running 1.2.17 with a handful of minor mods.
i don't know how many total posts/topics i had last time i did this, but i have considerably more now, as membership ranks have been growing.
so i pruned some old messages this morning (probably about 5k), and decided to rebuild the search index. i just use the defaults in the fields, as the documentation seems to suggest i should. so either something is badly wrong, or it takes exponentially longer to re-build the more posts/topics you have (sorry if i am stating the glaringly obvious, but i don't think it has ever taken longer than 15 minutes). mine has been rebuilding for more than 6 hours now. it doesn't appear to be hung, i'm running mytop(1) on the database host, and i can see that mysql is busy. nor is the web page is hung; the counters seem to be incrementing properly.
so am i assuming it's not a good idea to interrupt this process?