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

Jeremy Allison jra at
Thu Oct 4 12:33:02 MDT 2012

On Thu, Oct 04, 2012 at 02:05:25PM +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?
> We had a few requests for this lately and might be able to sponsor the 
> development. Please contact me directly if you are interessted.

There is no one currently working on this to my knowledge.

I'd be very glad to help integrate this code if someone has
the time to work on it. It should be able to be done relatively
independent of Samba as a separate process named pipe backend.


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