After Installing Adobe filters 9 64 bit Full Text search is not returning any pdf results

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-24

Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 64 bit.
Software: Microsoft SQL Server 2008R2

I am having trouble retrieving any results from a full text search on pdf documents. I installed Adobe IFilters 9 for 64 bit machine. I did the following

1. Installed IFilters
2. Ran the following SQL
     EXEC sp_fulltext_service 'load_os_resources', 1;
     EXEC sp_fulltext_service 'verify_signature', 0;
3. Appended C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms\bin\" to the PATH environment
4. Restarted the SQL Full-text Filter Daemon Launcher service
5. Restarted the SQL Server
6. Rebuilt Full Text Catalog and Index
7. Tried deleting and recreating the index and full text catalog
8. I ran this SQL to check the PDF type was in the results which it was with the path to the dll
    select * from sys.fulltext_document_types

So, I have unistalled the IfIlters and done the same over and over again, only once did I retrieve some results but nowhere near the number of results expected. After I rebuilt the indexes that time though it stopped retrieving any pdf results. I dont actually think the pdfs are being indexed in the first place rather than there being a problem retrieving the data.

I am totally at a loss as to what is wrong, I have trawled the internet and tried everything I have found so far but no luck.

If anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Thanks very much
Question by:Matt_Jsy

    Accepted Solution

    Ok I might have fixed this. I uninstalled SQL Server Compact edition and now the filters seem to be indexing correctly. It has been running for over 30 minutes rebuilding the indexes, it is a 10GB database conatining only documents and running a search on a word in a pdf document is returning more and more rows as the indexes are being built.

    I will wait till these indexes have finished being built then re do it a few times and make sure I continue to get rows returned.

    It is still working and building indexes on PDFS so I am thinking the solution was to remove the compact edition of sql server. This has worked on two machines now.

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