Re: [htdig] use_meta_description appears to fail

Subject: Re: [htdig] use_meta_description appears to fail
From: Ted Stresen-Reuter (
Date: Thu Aug 24 2000 - 09:22:26 PDT

I hear you, I hear you! I just finished sending an email to Mindspring tech
support that took me TWO hours to compose pleading and begging with them to
make 3.1.5 the default version installed through their system.

In there defense, the tech support people were about as helpful as can be
expected in helping me install version 3.1.5. However, the rundig that gets
installed with 3.1.5 appears to be a shell script and since I don't have
shell access, I would have to bother them every time I want to reindex my

Does anyone have a Perl verion of this script? That would solve (almost) all
of my problems.

Aside: It occurred to me too that I wasn't using the latest version and
that's why I included the version number in the results page. Sorry for the
bandwidth waste. I'll let you know Mindspring's response as soon as I hear


>From: Gilles Detillieux <>
>To: (Ted Stresen-Reuter)
>CC: (Geoff Hutchison),
>Subject: Re: [htdig] use_meta_description appears to fail
>Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 10:50:16 -0500 (CDT)
>According to Ted Stresen-Reuter:
> > Thanks for the thoughts... See my replies below, but if you want a quick
> > glance go to and enter
> > "people" or "grantmakers" and you'll see some of the things I'm talking
> > about.
>According to your search results page, you're using version 3.0.8b2,
>which is absolutely ancient (now over 3 years old), buggy, and has no
>support for meta tags, nor for noindex_start and noindex_end. See,
>this is the reason we repeatedly stress the importance of including your
>software version number in any problem report.
>You should upgrade to 3.1.5, which I understand would not be easy given
>your lack of shell access to the server. I did a whois lookup on your
>IP address. Should have known Mindspring was involved. All I can say
>is good luck getting them to upgrade.
>Here's what Mindspring customers are missing out on:
>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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