PreSP1 Search service on MOSS 2007 can be a pain sometimes, this is beacuse you get search service crashing/frozen, you sometimes get this error..
Event Type: Error
Event Source: Office Server Search
Event Category: Gatherer
Event ID: 10034
Could not access the Search service configuration database.
Context: Application '76d822a2-1c3c-4cc8-aa02-5c16fe104138'
The filename or extension is too long. (0x800700ce)
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Simple solution restart the search service on the Office SharePoint Search Server.
Make sure that you confirm that the service account is given permission on the SQL database and also the WSS_Content Search DB.