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Old 03-31-2004, 11:52 AM   #1
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updatedb for Win32


Does anyone know if their is an updatedb style file database that can be used on WinXP to search Linux file servers? My company has a linux file server that has about 40 Gigs of data. To search something they currently use the Windows Search. This causes a lot of extra strain on the file server and is S L O W!

Just seeing whats available? Thanks
 
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Well, obviously they need a) either console access
to the file-server (e.g. via putty) or b) you'd have to
write a little daemon listening on Linux and an app
for Windows that talks to it.

I don't think there's an Off-the-shelf solution to this.


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Old 03-31-2004, 12:44 PM   #3
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Not 10 minutes after I posted I was sent this link.

Locate 3.0 Alpha

It works well once you figure how to get it setup!
 
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That's not the same thing, though. You'll still
cause network traffic when you update it. My
understanding was that you want to exploit
the locate-database on the samba system?



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Old 03-31-2004, 02:58 PM   #5
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That would be even better, but this may work for me, although its still unclear whether it "updates" the database everytime I run updatedb, or just start a new search. If it does just do a complete new search (which I'm finding it does in deed!) then its not going to help to its max potential. I do multiple searches on data sometimes in the thousands of separate file names. I don't want to have to search the entire server everytime I do a search and I can't very well put a thousand file names in the XP search reliably either.

It's not perfect, but it will still help becuase I can update it once, then run my searches, rather than running 100 full searches.

Thanks for your feedback.
 
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Well, if you have a programmer who knows Qt
at hand, it would be a task of maybe 1 or 2 hours
of programming to write an interface for the samba
machine. All you need is to open a specific port
and use QT's web-server functionality ... then
the windows client could use IE http://samba-machine:<assigned-port>
and be presented with a query-field for a text string....

Use that string with a call to system() to find matching
files and display the matches ...



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Old 03-31-2004, 03:23 PM   #7
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You are right. Although I'm not a Qt programmer, you've okay'ed system() calls so a quick PHP script would suffice too. I have a feeling some paranoid OBSD user somewhere isn't going to like that idea though.

I just may check in to that anyway. I'm kind of kicking myself for not thinking of that earlier.
 
  


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