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VTI_ folders

I am developing an (Intranet) asp.net site and copy files to the site as and when they are created or amended using Visual Studio 2005.
On the server each folder in the site has a _vti_cnf folder. I think this is something to do with FP extensions which are required in order for me to be able to copy files across in the way I am.
2 questions:
1. How come these folders contain a complete copy of all the files in it's parent folder?
For example if I have a folder that contains 1.html, 2.html, 1.jpg, 2.gif then the _vti_cnf folder will also contain 1.html, 2.html, 1.jpg, 2.gif
This site will end up being huge and doubling up on size is not good.

2.Is there a way to stop index server indexing these folders without me having to specifically go into IS add the folders and then exclude them from the index?
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WadskiIT DirectorCommented:
If you look at the files with the vti_cnf folder you will see they are all smaller that the original files.  They contain text which tells the server how to handle the FP specific functions.

Do not delete the vti_cnf folder unless you want to lose the functionality of  the FP Extensions.

I am not sure what you are meaning about the indexing but if you exclude it once it should be fine.
QPRAuthor Commented:
Ah yes, so they do.
Contains stuff like....

Unfortunately all of these files are appearing in the search results (using indexing service) I hoped that Indexing Service would ignore system folders like this.
This site has the potential to contain 100+ folders. If I manually have to exclude all of the _private, _vti_cnf, _vti_pvt, _vti_script and _vti_text folders then the list of exclusions is going to become very very long :(

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