Mac OS 10.5.6 clients fail to find any search results [Updated for solution]

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Clients issuing search requests against the root of an ExtremeZ-IP volume will fail to find any search results. This problem only affects clients running Mac OS version 10.5.6. Other versions of 10.5.x (including 10.5.5 and 10.5.7) and all versions of 10.4 get the proper results from a search request.

Steps to Reproduce:

Perform a search against the root of an ExtremeZ-IP volume from a 10.5.6 Mac client.


In Mac OS X 10.5.6, entering search criteria through the Finder does not result in the client issuing an AFP search request to the server. This was an issue with the 10.5.6 Finder, which Apple has fixed in 10.5.7.


The solution is for clients to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5.7, which fixes this bug.

Another option, if you are using ExtremeZ-IP 6.0 or later, is to enable Network Spotlight search support. Mac OS X 10.5 clients will then use Network Spotlight for search, which is not affected by this bug. More details on setting up Network Spotlight can be found in this best practices document.