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Search SharePoint WSS 3.0 document library via web services.

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I have a SharePoint WSS 3.0 environment on my own server.  I have a document library with pdfs and MS Word documents.   Is it possible to allow the contents of the documents to be searched with a webservice?   I need to grant remote access to another server so the documents can be programmatically searched. For example if 2 out of the 30 documents have the string “rain forest”, and the remote server wants to search all the documents for that string, I need to return meta data that identifies the two documents with the “rain forest” string.    At this point it does not matter to me if the documents are PDFs, Word Documents or text files.

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Thanks for the link. I am generally familiar with web services and I understand how to use it to query list information.  However, how do search a document  in the document library?  Or is document text automatically searchable by virtue of the fact that it is loaded to a document library?  If that is true it must depend on the document type? I am looking for more clarity on how a SharePoint web services works with documents as opposed to list information.
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Depending on the document type, the text is a part of the index.  Each document type needs an iFilter available to the indexer in order to open and read the content of the doc.  An Office iFilter is available out of the box.
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Am also attempting to use Search/Query web service to search a specific document library on a specific site.  Possible ?

Currently is returning results from all sites in a site collection...
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