Re: [htdig] Directory structure "virtual environment" problems

Shawn Patton (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 17:00:06 -0800


Thanks for your help. I am attempting to do as you said with ineffective results.

Here is what I am doing to make only Htsearch.

I edit the Makefile in the Htsearch install directory as follows:

1) Add the following line:
    VCONFIG_DIR= /usr/local/htdig/conf
2) Edit CONFIG_DIR in the following line from:
3) Move to the Htsearch source directory and run make on the edited
4) manually cp *new* Htsearch binary to cgi-bin directory.

For some reason it is not recognizing my changes. Would you see what I
am doing wrong?


"Andrew McCarthy (Sysadmin)" wrote:

> Hi,
> On Mon, Mar 29, 1999 at 05:35:56AM -0800, Shawn Patton wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> >
> > Please help :-)
> > I get the following error:
> > Unable to read configuration file '/usr/home/my_user_space/usr/local/htdig/rm.conf
> >
> > My OS: Virtual BSD 3.0
> >
> > I am on a "virtual server"... not a "virtual host" and therefore
> > I believe this is causing HTSEARCH to not find my configuration
> > files.
> <snip>
> If I understand correctly, what you're saying is that the web server lives in
> /usr/home/my_user_space and thinks that is the root directory. This is usually
> implemented using the command 'chroot()' which fools a program into thinking
> that a different directory is the root directory.
> We have a similar setup on our servers, and the only way I could easily find to work around it was to:
> - Compile the programs with the real directory path and install them
> - Recompile only htsearch, this time with the path it should look for (i.e.
> without the /usr/home/my_user_space bit on the path), then reinstall it
> - Have two htdig config files, the original for htsearch and another for the
> htdig programs that do the indexing.
> It's not particularly elegant, but it was the only way I could make it work.
> Regards,
> Andrew

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