#SharePoint 2013 Search – The gatherer service cannot be initialized

19 Mar 2013
March 19, 2013

I installed SharePoint 2013 on a test system yesterday and was faced with the problem that the search, after successfully provisioning it – did not work. Boo!


There are several noticeable Symptoms

The crawl log shows 1 Top Level Error and 1 Error:


Crawl log with 1 Top Level Error and 1 Error

The Eventlog shows some warnings and an error


Eventlog with the error “The gatherer service cannot be initialized”

with the following text – not the best error description (again):


In my case the solution was quite simple. The Temp folder is not the %WINDIR%\Temp or C:\Temp folder – it’s the location of the search index. I installed SP2013 with AutoSPInstaller (<= highly recommended!) with default values, then the index is located in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office Servers\14.0\Data\Office Server\Applications

If you provisioned the Search Service with my powershell script – then you can customized the Index Location with the $IndexLocation variable in the settings region.

I can’t tell yet if that problem is related to my installation –. I tried to get more information about this problem and it seems like this could happen if you relocated your index, too.

Now to fix the problem, modify the permissions of the Applications folder or the parent folder of your search location.

Grant the local WSS_WPG group at least modify permissions on the folder – in my screenshot I granted full control, it’s just a test system…

Then restart the Search Service, easiest with PowerShell:


Altered permissions to fix the issue

Did it work for you?

If (not) – would love to hear your feedback!

Max Melcher
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Max Melcher

Maximilian Melcher (MCSE, MCPD) is a Principal Consultant working at Alegri International Services in Munich, Germany. Max is a specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on search, social computing, web content management and collaboration. Max has led SharePoint implementations for Dax 30 companies since 2009.
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2 replies
  1. Marco Schmucker (Alegri) says:

    This really saved my day. Exactly same problem with the AutoSPInstaller script!
    Thanks, Max!


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