Setting up Yadle » Indexing » Indexing Overview

In Yadle, the term “index” is used to describe a directory path for collecting metadata from one or more files. These files become known to Yadle and potentially searchable. An index is a file or folder path on a specific device. You can define one or many indexes per device, and there is no limit to how many may exist in your organization.

It is important to understand that indexing a directory path does not make it searchable. Indexing adds files to a catalog of files only. Files in the catalog can be made searchable using File Channels, and files in the catalog can be used for data collection and analysis purposes.

We recommend that you index all your files. What becomes searchable is defined by the File Channels.

Files are indexed by the Yadle agent. The number of Yadle agents installed in your organization is flexible and can be as few as one. You can make an index that includes all files on a storage volume, and then add additional indexes for more specific file directories on that same volume.

Key Concepts:
  • A Yadle index is a directory on a storage volume.
  • There is no limit to the data size of an index, nor to the number of files within the index.
  • There is no limit to how many indexes are defined per device or storage volumes.
  • Each running index is a process on your system.
  • Yadle only knows about files that are within the scope of indexes from all agents.
  • Creating an index does not make the files in that index searchable. File Channels make files searchable.
  • Indexes can overlap each other.
  • Each index will have a running process on the device it is defined for.
  • Only the device owner (typically the “yadle” account) or a delegate can modify indexing settings.