Subject: [htdig] [ANNOUNCE] ht://Dig 3.1.5 RPMs for Red Hat
From: Gilles Detillieux (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Feb 26 2000 - 07:51:23 PST
I've just uploaded source and binary rpms for the ht://Dig 3.1.5 web
site search engine to incoming.redhat.com, for eventual inclusion
on contrib.redhat.com. I've also placed them on the htdig.org site,
in http://www.htdig.org/files/binaries/. They can also be downloaded
from the SCRC web site, at http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/htdig/rpms/.
This is the latest stable release and is recommended for all production
This version in particular fixes a nasty security hole in htsearch
that is present in all previous versions, including 3.1.4 and
3.2.0b1. Because of this, it is *strongly* recommended that all users
update to this version.
The following RPMs were built on Red Hat Linux 4.2, 5.0* and 6.0 respectively:
htdig-3.1.5-0glibc.i386.rpm * (see note below)
htdig-3.1.5-0glibc.src.rpm * (see note below)
htdig-3.1.5-0glibc21.i386.rpm (for glibc-2.1, Red Hat 6.0)
htdig-3.1.5-0glibc21.src.rpm (for glibc-2.1, Red Hat 6.0)
Verify /etc/htdig/htdig.conf, then run /usr/sbin/rundig after installing,
to (re)build all your databases.
Name : htdig Distribution: (none)
Version : 3.1.5 Vendor: (none)
Release : 0 Build Date: Fri Feb 25 14:42:33 2000
Install date: Fri Feb 25 16:18:23 2000 Build Host: cliff.scrc.umanitoba.ca
Group : Networking/Utilities Source RPM: htdig-3.1.5-0.src.rpm
Size : 3096247
Packager : Gilles Detillieux <firstname.lastname@example.org>
URL : http://www.htdig.org/
Summary : A web indexing and searching system for a small domain or intranet
The ht://Dig system is a complete world wide web indexing and searching
system for a small domain or intranet. This system is not meant to replace
the need for powerful internet-wide search systems like Lycos, Infoseek,
Webcrawler and AltaVista. Instead it is meant to cover the search needs for
a single company, campus, or even a particular sub section of a web site.
As opposed to some WAIS-based or web-server based search engines, ht://Dig
can span several web servers at a site. The type of these different web
servers doesn't matter as long as they understand the HTTP 1.0 protocol.
* Note to Red Hat 5.0 & 5.1 users:
There's an obscure bug in vixie-cron on Red Hat 5.0 and 5.1 systems,
in its SIGCHLD signal handling. It causes htmerge to fail consistently
with a "Word sort failed" error, when run from a cron job. It could
potentially cause similar problems with other jobs. I recommend upgrading
to the latest vixie-cron from the 5.2 distribution updates:
They can be obtained from any Red Hat Linux update mirror site, or
along with the htdig RPMs from my web site above.
Release notes for htdig-3.1.5 25 Feb 2000
This version cleans up some remaining bugs in the 3.1.4 release. As
the latest stable release of ht://Dig, it is recommended for all
* Fixed a nasty security hole in htsearch, which would allow
users to view any file on your site that had read permission.
* Fixed a bug that could cause problems with 8-bit characters on
* Made some attempts to get htsearch's output to be more HTML 4.0
compliant. It quotes all HTML tag parameters, and uses ";"
instead of "&" as parameter separator in URLs for next
pages. Reserved characters in parameters are now encoded.
* Fixed handling of SGML entities: htdig will still decode
them to store as single characters in the database, but
htsearch now encodes some of them back for compliant results.
* Added two new formats for variables in htsearch templates,
$%(var), which escapes the variable for a URL, and $&(var),
which HTML-escapes the variable as necessary.
* Fixed htdig's handling of robots.txt, such that only the first
applicable User-agent field bearing its name will be used, rather
than only the last.
* Fixed htdig's handling of servers that return 2-digit years.
* Fixed handling of embedded quotes in quoted string lists.
* Fixed handling of relative URLs with trailing ".." or leading "//".
* Fixed handling of the valid_extensions attribute, which sometimes
failed in the previous version.
* Enhanced the handling of local filesystem indexing with the
local_urls, local_user_urls or local_default_doc attributes, which
now allow multiple directory or file names to be tried.
* Added the build_select_lists attribute to allow the config file to
specify <select> form elements in htsearch output as a template
variable, much like $(SORT) and $(METHOD).
* Added support for two additional configuration attributes:
max_keywords, and nph.
* A variety of other bug fixes, and many documentation updates.
See the ChangeLog for details.
* Once again, thanks to everyone who reported bugs and bug fixes.
The full ChangeLog for this release is available from:
-- Gilles R. Detillieux E-mail: <email@example.com> Spinal Cord Research Centre WWW: http://www.scrc.umanitoba.ca/~grdetil Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba Phone: (204)789-3766 Winnipeg, MB R3E 3J7 (Canada) Fax: (204)789-3930
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