Let's put it blatantly: Windows Search 4 has design and implementation problems.
You discover this immediatelly when you start implementing indexing of custom file format.
If you want to index simple file format then you need to imlement you IFilter interface. But if it has happened so that you want to index compound data then you should invent you own protocols.
If you will fugure out how to implement your protocol to index that compound data, then you will most probably stuck on the problem on how to notify indexer about the changes.
The problem is that Windows Search 4 has API to reindex urls, which simply does not work, or to notify indexer about changes, which throws an error (returns error HRESULT) for custom protocols. At least, we were not able to make it run.
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