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Bug 1545 - web site and mailing list need web search/index
Summary: web site and mailing list need web search/index
Alias: None
Product: Websites
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Other (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Colin Morey (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-04-05 01:48 UTC by Chris Johnson
Modified: 2003-02-04 19:42 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Chris Johnson 2002-04-05 01:48:10 UTC
Chris proposes a search system for 
1. linked prominently from the front page
2. indexed hourly
3. includes all mailing lists and web documents

I'd be willing to help, although I have no experience implementing search
software and don't know what's available. 
(I'm more in favor of a software indexing scheme for the mailing lists and web
site rather than a third-party or google approach. )


Dave says:

Are there any plans to provide some sort of search for the gentoo mailing
lists?  I suggest using google

its customizable and free, though no guarantees are made as to what on the
site gets crawled.  Right now google says they have 30300 pages for and 8310 pages for  NetBSD uses this as their
search engine and I find it to be pretty good.

Comment 1 Sherman Boyd (meekrob) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-04-10 14:33:29 UTC
sherman says:

I like the google idea.  It looks like it works well for netbsd 
( and should take very little time to implement.
Comment 2 Nicholas Wourms 2002-08-19 11:57:33 UTC
I think the google idea is not entirely accurate.  The problem is that google
won't completely crawl the entire site unless you pay them for the service. 
Also, the mailing list archives will not be completely indexed.  Then comes into
question the matter of updates, which google doesn't do frequently unless you
pay them.  I'm sure that the volume of duplicate questions on the mailing lists
could be lowered with a proper search engine feature.  The original suggestion
is a good one and extremely *easy* to impliment.  Heck, gentoo's distribution
contains all the software you need.  Just emerge htdig, set up some parameters
and bam, you have a search engine.  As for the mailing list software, mailman,
there are two patches available:

These provide the interface for htdig as well as provide increased accuracy in
the results.  It even puts the search boxes on each of the mailman webpages.  I
don't think this is asking much, as it would involve 1 hour (tops) to impliment.
 Remeber: Google is great for generalized searches, but specific site searchs
really ought to be serviced by a dedicated search engine.  Just because BSD does
it that way doesn't make it right.  I can name numerous linux distros which take
the approach that I'm suggesting.

On a side note, you might want to provide these patches in the mailman package
available via gentoo.  I'm sure more then one person would find it handy.
Comment 3 Colin Morey (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-12-11 17:27:29 UTC
Website now has search engine(thanks to Daniel Robbins), closing bug :)