FAST University Technical Tip: Document Tracing in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint


Ever wonder how you can get more information about documents being processed in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint?

Here is one quick and easy way:

1. At a Command Prompt, enable document tracing using the psctrl tool. If you would like more information about the tool use the -help option.

psctrl doctrace on

2. Conduct a test crawl of your content. Document tracing greatly affects processing performance, so use a small representative test set.

3. After the crawl has completed, click Crawl Logs, and then click the number of successes.


4. Each item will have an Item ID, URL, Content Source, and Last Time Crawled. Make a note of the Item ID you are most interested in. It may take a couple of minutes for the information to display.


5. Use the doclog tool to get a listing of what items were processed by using the -l parameter. Notice the returned Item IDs match the Crawl Log. Again, if you would like more information about this tool use the -help option.

doclog –l

Number of logs: 3

6. Use the doclog tool to view a specific Item ID. The output can be very lengthy so you might want to redirect to a temporary file.

doclog ssic://95 > temp.txt

7. Examine the output file and you will find all the crawled properties and their values.

INFO   Running customer-supplied command in a child process:
Sentiment.exe %(input)s %(output)s

INFO   Set "sentiment": '<Missing>' ---> 'Positive'

8. When you are done troubleshooting use psctrl to turn document tracing off.

psctrl doctrace off

If you would like to learn more about this and other troubleshooting tips, register for the Enterprise Search for Application Developers instructor-led class through FAST University. For more information on this and other classes, contact a FAST University Education Consultant by emailing or visit the FAST University Learning Portal at

By Cindy Staley

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