[htdig] htsearch and virtual webservers

Subject: [htdig] htsearch and virtual webservers
From: Richard van Drimmelen (richard@sara.nl)
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 01:17:23 PDT


I'm using an Apache webserver (v 1.3.12) with many virtual webservers.
I want to install ht//Dig (v 3.1.5) as the default search engine on
these virtual webservers (running on a solaris 7 machine).

The following problem arises:

I'd like to have multiple databases (each virtual server has it's own
configuration file and database). The databases cannot be merged: quota
needs to be set for each virtual server.

When I run

/dir/www-1/cgi-bin/htsearch -c /dir/www-1/htdig/conf/htdig.conf

from the command line, everything works fine. I get various pages of
html output (or a 'No match found').

But when I run the same from my webbrowser (yes I have updated my
search.html page and included the -c conf file option) this doesn't
work. It gives me an error:

Unable to read word database file '/opt/local/htdig/db/db.words.db'
Did you run htmerge?

(/opt/local/htdig is the central htdig installation directory).

htsearch seems to accept the -c option:
usage: htsearch [-v][-d][-c configfile] [query_string]
This program is part of ht://Dig 3.1.5

        -v -d Verbose mode. This increases the verbosity of the
                program. Using more than 2 is probably only useful
                for debugging purposes. The default verbose mode
                gives a progress on what it is doing and where it is.

        -c configfile
                Use the specified configuration file instead on the

        query_string A CGI-style query string can be given as a
                argument, and is only used if the REQUEST_METHOD
                variable is not set. If no query_string is given, and
                REQUEST_METHOD is not set, htsearch will prompt for the

Can anybody point me to what I'm doing wrong ?

Thanks in advance.

Richard van Drimmelen                       | email: richard@sara.nl
Facility Management SARA                    | phone: +31 20 5928080
Stichting Academisch Rekencentrum Amsterdam | fax:   +31 20 6683167

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