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

Matthieu Patou mat at
Thu Oct 4 11:08:08 MDT 2012

On 10/04/2012 05:32 AM, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> 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! :-)
Well it was just the client to be GSOC project rated "hard".
>> 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.

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