Re: [htdig] Can htdig index paragraphs in text files?

Subject: Re: [htdig] Can htdig index paragraphs in text files?
From: Mike Franks (
Date: Sun Dec 19 1999 - 12:00:06 PST

Geoff Hutchison,

Thanks for the quick reply. I could add those anchors, but I'd still be
serving up the entire file the paragraph was found, just pointing to the
right spot in the file. Sadly, that won't be adequate for the students on
modems. Thanks very much for confirming what I suspected.

Mike Franks email:
Social Sciences Computing phone: (310) 206-2109
UCLA fax: (310) 825-4936

On Sun, 19 Dec 1999, Geoff Hutchison wrote:

> Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 09:42:07 -0500 (EST)
> From: Geoff Hutchison <>
> To: Mike Franks <>
> Cc:, Matthew Haughey <>
> Subject: Re: [htdig] Can htdig index paragraphs in text files?
> On Sun, 19 Dec 1999, Mike Franks wrote:
> > Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I can't find it in the docs. Can
> > htdig be used to index and return individual paragraphs in one or more
> > text files? I have almost 20,000 bibliographic entries spread across 26
> > files and each entry is separated by a blank line. I want to be able to
> > search across all files and return only those entries that
> > match. Obviously returning the whole file would be way too much. I could
> > break them into files with a Perl script, but my sysadmin probably
> > wouldn't like 20,000 tiny files.
> Alas, no. If these were in HTML, htsearch would (by default) return the
> first match by anchor, which is essentially what you want. So if you're
> willing to write a Perl script to break them up, you might consider adding
> in <a name="[whatever]"></a> tags.
> -Geoff Hutchison
> Williams Students Online

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