Implementing Windows Search Protocoll (WSP)/server side file indexing

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Thu Oct 4 06:32:28 MDT 2012

On Thu, 2012-10-04 at 14:05 +0200, Ingo Steuwer wrote:
> Hello,
> we received customer requests regarding index based search on Samba shares 
> with Windows 7 clients. As far as I undersand, Windows Vista and Windows 7 
> are not able to search for files on Samba shares per default. Both rely on a 
> server side file index an access to it using the "Windows Search Protocoll" 
> (WSP). 
> Windows 7 is able to create a client side file index on CIFS shares, but has 
> this feature disabled by default. Also, in most situations one does not want 
> every client to index the whole server share by itself.
> In a short research I understand that Samba doesn't offer this feature yet. It 
> was one of the suggested implementations for the latest GSoC:
> Is there anyone working on this?

I'm not aware of any efforts in this area.  Starting on a new protocol
is quite hard, assigning it as a possible GSoC project was perhaps a
little optimistic! :-)

> We had a few requests for this lately and might be able to sponsor the 
> development. Please contact me directly if you are interessted.

I certainly hope someone takes you up on your offer, it's an area that
we really haven't had the interest/ability to explore yet.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                      
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 

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