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A while ago I built a Linux 1.36TB fileserver that the apple macs use to store files etc. (using netatalk)
The fileserver so far has 122GB of files covering 40,000 files. When the users are searching using Sherlock 2 on Mac OS 9 searching for files on the share is very slow because rather than Sherlock 2 looking at an indexed database of the share it's looking file by file for what the user wants. (very slowly I might add)

I've noticed that file indexing of network shares works fine on OS X, however some programs we use are not yet OS X capable. Therefore we are locked on OS 9 for the moment.

So, is it possible to get Sherlock 2 to index network shares?
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It doesn't seem so although I'm no expert on the subject I have to admit. If the shared volume was physically connected to a Mac, yes it would be able to index it. But the Sherlock gives no ability to index a remote volume.

And as far as I know, indexing only allows the Sherlock to search by content so therefore wouldn't have an effect on the speed of the search anyway. I'm afraid it's one of those things we have to put up with by the looks of it.
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Hmmm, what I need then is a program similar to Sherlock 2 for Mac OS 9 that can index files (on network shares) for fast searching.
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Okay let's distinguish between Indexing files (creating the ability to search files by content) and simple searching (locating files). If you need to be able to search by content, it's not possible on remote volumes.

If you want to simply be able to locate files (quicker than Sherlock does), there are very few options unfortunately. One utility called Krytton looks like it would do the job but it's currently offline and therefore unobtainable:

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macos/8298

Aside from this, your only alternative would be to use something like Haxial Disk Catalogue. This is most commonly used for keeping track of the contents of CDs - you index a bunch of CDs and then you have a quickly-searchable list in one place allowing you to locate any file on any of the CDs. Therefore it's conceivable that the same could be done with a server volume. Just to make sure, I downloaded it and, despite the garish interface, it will index a mounted Server volume just by dragging it into the program window.

However, as soon as the server contents change, this index will become out of date. Keeping it up to date will require repeating the process so I suppose you'd have to recreate the index daily (if you need it to be that up to date) as it won't 'update' an index and there seems to be no way of automating it either.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/12036

So I honestly think that's your only option. Don't take this as gospel - it's possible there's some other solution out there that is tailored to your needs but it's unlikely. I hope this has helped.
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Well, so far there seems to be ultrafind which kind of seems what I'm after.
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I missed that one! Anyway, I honestly don't think that will be any quicker than Sherlock - it's an alternative rather than an improvement. Perhaps time a search and see if it is actually quicker - that would be interesting to know.

The point with the solution I offered in Haxial is that the time-consuming work would be done at night (the cataloging of the files), making it much quicker to search for files when they're needed. I'm willing to put money on this being quicker than Ultrafind or anything that searches the server directly ;0)
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This HAS to be for OS 9 and not OS X by the way.
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Yes of course - I did get that from your initial post. There should be many more options in OS X once you move.
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Okay, I tried Haxial DiskCatalog.. this is exactly what I want with one exception... it must be able to be kept easilly up to date like Sherlock 2. So that means automatically cataloging the network drive at a set time. (say 1am every night)
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By the way, the cataloging counted 174,000+ files.
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Okay, I'm glad Haxial is a close solution. The lack of automation is the sticking point it would seem. Let me have a further look at this and see if I can find a way to automate it.
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