Re: [htdig] Re: Request for a CGI-based admin interface

Subject: Re: [htdig] Re: Request for a CGI-based admin interface
From: Geoff Hutchison (
Date: Wed Dec 01 1999 - 16:09:59 PST

On Wed, 1 Dec 1999 wrote:

> I'd very much like to help out with wording and organization, as I'm
> currently reviewing AltaVista Search, Ultraseek, Verity, Site Server
> and Excalibur, all of which have some form of browser admin.
> Ultraseek's is best, though they don't allow results page
> customization. For that, the best options are the remote search
> services Atomz and PinPoint.

That would be great! In the spirit of free software, the proposal is open
to community input, either through this list, e-mail to me privately, or
through comments to the website:

Here's what I put up so far:

The project should produce a web-based interface to administer significant
portions of an ht://Dig installation. It would preferably be a perl CGI,
but this need not be the case.  
Required features:  
* Support for multiple databases 
    (create new databases, delete databases, merge databases together) 
* Add URLs to be indexed (start_urls)  
* Set the indexing limits, including limit_urls_to, exclude_urls, etc.  
* Start indexing/updating a database  
* If desired, generate htfuzzy databases like metaphone, soundex, etc.  
* E-mail notification when a database is finished updating  
* Browse a log of past indexing runs with statistics 
    (i.e. # of sites, number of URLs in index, time required to index)  
Other features like additional config options, editing the config files
and/or search templates would also be nice, but are not required for this
particular request.

> But please don't design the system so it's always limited to "a few > minimal attributes" -- better to put the structures in place for > providing complete control.

I'm open to suggestions on how to word this. I assume that the end product would be GPL'ed, so it would be open to additional enhancement. I also didn't think it would be very difficult to add on whatever control was desired, once the basic framework was designed.

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