Made sure I got the relevent check boxes checked - at the admin level and at the user level.
Put in some search terms.
Browsing the group shows highlighted items so that part seems to work fine.
Updated the group and after the update steps are completed (update headers, generate sets, expire) I have the following pop up into my log:
Something went wrong while auto-downloading: Could not execute SQL query "SELECT "name", "pass" FROM users WHERE "ID" = '8'" mysqli error: [2006: MySQL server has gone away] in EXECUTE("SELECT "name", "pass" FROM users WHERE "ID" = '8' LIMIT 1")
It seems to hang for a LONG time on expiring btw... I don't remember this long of a hang before enabling auto download. I noticed that while the long hang is present in expiring phase it doesn't error on small groups. I tried doubling the default_socket_timeout (to 120) in php.ini (in cli)... didn't seem to help.
I don't know if a timeout is the right thing to be chasing from that error it only occurred to me from some time on google and an odd thread found. I also doubled the memory_limit to 256.
Just for fun I tried modifying the timeout to 1 hour (3600 seconds) and still got the error...