I am trying to create a custom refiner based on the path managed property. After selecting it should show items in a directory so I have to use a prefix search with the property path.

var refiner = { "Path": ["ǂǂ" + asc2hex(directoryPath + '*')] };
ctx.ClientControl.updateRefiners(refiner, 'or', false, null);

Apparently this leads to zero results. When I leave out the * it only shows the directory.

Any pointers?

Update 1 (8/6/2014 11:22):

It partially works with

refiner = { "Path": ['starts-with("' + directoryPath + '")'] };

But that does only return 1 result - not not the elements in that directory. Anyone knows why?

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    So it is only showing items in sub-directories right now? If so, you could substring directoryPath to remove the last char (that probably is a /?) Aug 6, 2014 at 9:25
  • It does show only the directory. But removing the trailing slash and adding a wildcard works! Aug 6, 2014 at 9:36

1 Answer 1


How about:

directoryPath = directoryPath.substring(0, directoryPath.length -1) + '*'
refiner = { "Path": ['starts-with("' + directoryPath + '")'] };

It could be a trailing / that stops it from including the current site

  • Thats a workaround for now - thanks for that. Its not 100% tho, imagine two folders with the name folder1 and folder11 ;) Aug 6, 2014 at 9:52
  • Yeah there is still culprits with this approach. I don't think the Path attribute was meant to filter on a lower level than site, in which case removing the trailing / would not be necessary Aug 6, 2014 at 9:59

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