I have a KQL query used with KeywordQuery that used to work in SP 2010 but no longer works in 2013:

scope="All Sites" AND path:"/sites/" AND path:"/Pages/ThisPage.aspx"

The error that’s given is:

The allowed range of values is 0 to 500    Parameter name: RowLimit
  at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.QueryProperties.ValidateRowLimit(Int32 value)
  at Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.QueryProperties.set_RowLimit(Int32 value)

I need to set RowLimit to 1000, but I don’t know why there is a limit of 500. Decompiling the code for Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Query.QueryProperties, RowLimit is compared against a property called MaxRowLimit which defaults to 10000, so I suppose that value is being set by some other means (I'm not modifying the value from the default)

My decompiler suggests that MaxRowLimit is set in a few ways:

  • this.MaxRowLimit = cachedSearchServiceApplicationInfo.MaxRowLimit;
  • this.MaxRowLimit = cachedSearchServiceApplicationInfo.DiscoveryMaxRowLimit;
  • By setting the Query property
  • During internal cloning

I've checked the service application but can't see a way to set a max row limit for that application.

Is this a search service application configuration issue?

Update: I followed this blog post to check the Max setting using powershell and the result was 10000:

PS> $ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication
PS> $ssa.GetSetting('Config:qp_MaxResultsReturned')

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Decompiling the SearchServiceApplication we see that MaxRowLimit on that application defaults to 500 and that value is passed to the query.

The SearchServiceApplication MaxRowLimit can be modified as follows:

PS> $ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication
PS> $ssa.MaxRowLimit = 1000
PS> $ssa.Update()
PS> iisreset
  • So did this work for you? Aug 17, 2013 at 13:25
  • 1
    Yes it solved the problem
    – Daniel
    Aug 19, 2013 at 22:45
  • I avoided an iisreset by restarting the Search service
    – Lance
    Jul 6, 2018 at 15:56

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