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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
Consider the following scenario. You use an SQL query to search for content in a document library or in list in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The SQL query uses the ORDER BY clause to sort the search results by a property or by a column. However, the document library or the list is not returned in the search results. You experience this symptom even though the document library or the list contains the content for which you are searching.
This problem occurs if the document library or the list does not have a value that is defined for the property or for the column that is specified in the ORDER BY clause. For example, this issue occurs if the following conditions are true:
The SQL query uses the ORDER BY clause to sort the search results by description.
The document library or the list does not have a description. That is, the value of the Description column for the document library or for the list is null.
How to obtain the hotfix
This issue is fixed in the SharePoint Server 2007 Hotfix Package that is dated May 15, 2007. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
937208 Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: May 15, 2007
Enable the hotfix
Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
To enable the hotfix after you apply it, add the OuterJoinDocPropsOnSorting registry entry to the following registry subkey, and then set the value of the registry entry to 1: