Current searching within SPDocKit (e.g. Permissions Explorer) uses a live view exclusively. This means searching does not work until pre-loaded.
Could an expand all option be a simple solution to enable searching to be useful for users? Perhaps following a right click on a particular directory of the explorer, so not having to expand the whole farm?
Having to manually expand all directories negates the need for a search function. Perhaps a tool tip or something that can highlight to users how this function works, my initial response was it was broken.