Search in File Manager not working

Jonas Peterson
Member since: 2007
The file manager works, but i can not search. When selecting, for example, "Search locations: Documents (/SomeSite/Documents/)" and click "Search" I get the following error message: "VirtualPathProvider 'SiteDocuments', Search Error: C:\Inetpub\CMSAssets\Documents\index not a directory" I tried different configurations in web.config but with no success. Help would be appreciated! /Jonas
Mar 25, 2008 19:42
Per Nergård
Member since: 2007

I've just installed a testsite with the public templates. When I try the search funticon i get the same error but for a different folder:

C:\EPiServer\VPP\MyEPiServerSite\Global\index not a directory

The public templates uses

SearchDataSource.SearchLocations = "~/Global/,~/Documents/,~/PageFiles/";

But something is clearly wrong.

Feb 04, 2009 15:21
Per Gunsarfs
Member since: 2005


To be able to search in the file system the we use the EPiServer indexing service. The indexing service will create a folder called index where it will store a few files with the indexed data. It's that folder that seems to be missing.

So, my guess is that EPiServers indexing service is not configured for those folders. Check the file *Program Files*\EPiServer\Shared\Services\Indexing Service\EPiServer.IndexingService.exe.config (the location might vary depending on version of EPiServer CMS).

The section episerver.indexingService\indexes should contain registrations for the different folders. A registration should be on this form:

<add connectionString="Data Source=.\sqlexpress;Database=myDB;User Id=username;Password=password;Network Library=DBMSSOCN;" databaseClient="" filePath="C:\Inetpub\CMSAssets\Documents\index " itemRoot="/Documents" />


Per Gunsarfs
EPiServer CMS development team

Feb 05, 2009 9:08
Per Nergård
Member since: 2007

I played around a bit and it seems that you have to stop and restart the indexing service before it starts indexing new content for another site.


Edited, Feb 05, 2009 14:24
Eric Petersson
Member since: 2016

I did try restart the service but ended up with no result. Is there something else that may be bothering the service?

Feb 02, 2017 16:45
Arild Henrichsen
Member since: 2008

Eric: Are you not getting the service to start indexing, or did it index but is returning no results?

Feb 07, 2017 15:15