Document search with Full-Text


I need little more details on following SPROC

    [ @tabname = ] 'qualified_table_name' ,
    [ @colname = ] 'column_name' ,
    [ @action = ] 'action'
    [ , [ @language = ] 'language' ]
    [ , [ @type_colname = ] 'type_column_name' ]

I've covered Full-Text Search and I'm pretty familiar with it by now what I don't get is this

[@type_colname =] 'type_column_name'
Is the name of a column in qualified_table_name that holds the document type of column_name. This column must be char, nchar, varchar, or nvarchar. It is only used when the data type of column_name is an image. type_column_name is sysname, with no default.

this got me really confused, ok I know the theory now, but I need to see it in action I mean how can I create table where I can store [.xls, .doc, .pdf, .txt, .html] type files and then use Full-Text Search to search within this documents..?

thank you

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eclipse2kConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hello dave,

i guess you need to add an additional column to your table.
i am really not sure, but try this..:

Create a Table (Name: mytable) with the Columns:

id (int, primary key, identity)
content (varbinary???)
ctype (varchar(4))

then put the binary data of a word document into column 'content'
and set ctype in that row to '.doc'

then call:

sp_fulltext_column @tabname='mytable', @colname='content', @action='Add', @type_colname='ctype'

i guess this could work.
now you should be able to find any words of the DOC using the Contains() Expression

davidlars99Author Commented:

can you take a look at this question as well please
davidlars99Author Commented:
let me ask you two simple questions,

1) when you pull the contet out from that column (using serverside script like ASP) and present it within HTML is it gonna loose its format?

2) how would you update the data within that document after it was stored in the database?


1) when you pull out the content out of the Data (image) column, you won't lose the format

2) i guess, simply overwrite the complete document in that column by using UPDATE. if update is not working, you probably will need to use a combination of TEXTPTR() and READTEXT()

USE pubs
DECLARE @val varbinary(16)
SELECT @val = textptr(pr_info) FROM pub_info
WHERE pub_id = '0736'
READTEXT pub_info.pr_info @val 4 10


i read and i dont have much more to say then some people said already
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