Re: [htdig] htsearch runaway

Subject: Re: [htdig] htsearch runaway
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2000 - 09:41:08 PDT

According to Stan Schwarz:
> I'm running 3.20b2 on FreeBSD 4.0 here at the office, and I
> ran into a weird problem today. I have all my notes and
> status reports on my internal web site, and I was searching
> for something I did last week when htsearch ran away. I put
> in 'flint dead links' in the search field, and it came up
> with the header, said it had two matches, put up the link
> to the first match, and then it just sat there. The page
> got longer and longer, but it never displayed any more text.
> I hit 'stop' when the status bar said it had downloaded over
> 500k of stuff. If I put quotes around the "dead links" it
> came up with one match right away, but just putting those
> three word in with no quotes, in any order, seems to make
> htsearch run away.
> I tried this with both Netscape 4.75 and Mozilla M17, and
> the behavior was the same in both cases. If anyone wants
> to try it, the URL for the page is:

It seems to be stuck outputing bazillions of these img tags:

        <img src="/htdig/star_blank.gif" alt=" ">

for the [1998-04.html] document. This is undoubtedly due to the infamous
scoring bug, which has been fixed in the current CVS source tree. The
patch is available here:

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Phone:  (204)789-3766
Winnipeg, MB  R3E 3J7  (Canada)   Fax:    (204)789-3930

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