[Samba] Search in Samba ?

Joachim Lindenberg samba at lindenberg.one
Fri Aug 4 10:08:09 UTC 2023

Hi Noel,
if you or some of the other testers can share installation instructions for client (I guess that’s part of the merge request) and server (likely needs some extra packages and configuration), I am willing to set up a wiki page for WSP that collects information passing by.

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An: Joachim Lindenberg <samba at lindenberg.one>; samba at lists.samba.org
Betreff: Re: [Samba] Search in Samba ?

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Hi Joachim,

On 03/08/2023 09:51, Joachim Lindenberg via samba wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am wondering when and what is going to happen w.r.t. search. 
> Searching the list, the last question was around April 2020, I also 
> watched the video of Samba XP 2023, but unfortunately that is very 
> unspecific w.r.t. both features and timeline.

First of all thanks for the interest and offers of help. Regarding above,  on the linux client side, featurewise I am trying to at least provide a cli tool that allow similar simple searches that you can perform from windows explorer, that is searching based on type (e.g. 
kind), and/or logical combinations of various properties connected together by (and | or | not) logical operations into an expression. A freetext phrase can also be passed.

on the server side the plan is to support those same searches (whether originating from the simple client or from windows (but in the windows case initially targeting those searches produced by explorer)) The windows search protocol searches are converted into an elasticsearch/opensearch query. Results are similarly converted and returned to the client

very simply there is no timeline, this is a project I am working on when I can in my spare cycles. As mentioned at the sambaxp presentation there is a merge request to get the client side code into samba, this is a first step, the client code provides alot of backbone code needed for the server implementation. The review request
https://gitlab.com/samba-team/samba/-/merge_requests/2785 has had some minor review but this is a complex protocol and there is alot of code to review. I reverted the review request to draft yesterday or the day before as I wanted to improve some of the code a bit. I intend to remove the draft tag as soon as I can.

> Right now I am running three Samba DCs only plus domain members for 
> authentication only, but no file servers, as to me search and 
> fail-over are the top priorities (in that order). Search does work for 
> me with Windows (desktop or server) including full-text-search
That I don't understand, windows search is windows -> windows and you say you have no samba fileservers involved so windows search triggered by a windows client against a windows share should work. Can you explain how you are searching ? or what is failing
> , fail-over is an issue. With Samba I suppose I could get replication 
> and fail-over via GlusterFS 
> (https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/GlusterFS), but search is unavailable.
> I´d be willing to spend some cycles on testing or documentation. So 
> far I never built Samba myself, but am going to try that.
> Who else is interested and willing to offer something?
I can help to a certain extent with compiling, I believe from further messages that you are using Debian/Ubuntu (which I have no experience
with) but of course with generic build issues I do :-)
> Or what alternatives are around? There might be even value in 
> collecting use cases and alternatives. E.g. I found the question 
> https://superuser.com/questions/1675272/how-do-i-get-windows-10-to-ind
> ex-mapped-network-drives but the answer only reveals searches by file 
> name or attributes, none providing full-text-search.

That question seems to relate to (non-windows) network drives which of course don't implement the windows search service therefore can not service the search requests.

When a windows client (or I should say a windows search client) issues a search request against the device serving the network share it tries to use the windows search protocol, if the device is windows search protocol aware (and provides the associated service) the  the search is performed on the device itself against the indexed content otherwise it searches over the network


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