Re: [htdig] puzzled by htdig

Subject: Re: [htdig] puzzled by htdig
From: Geoff Hutchison (
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 19:30:14 PDT

At 2:43 PM -0700 10/4/00, GYGAX,OTTO (HP-Corvallis,ex1) wrote:
>Now it won't work. htdig is able to look up other web pages that reside at the
>root of the web server but cannot traverse down to the ~arch tree.

There are a few points here and it is perhaps better to explain how
htdig follows links rather than to directly address your question.

In the htdig.conf file, there are two key attributes for your question:
limit_urls_to: ${start_url}

As set, this would start indexing at and go from there.
The limit_urls_to attribute requires that any URLs it finds match
this pattern. In this case, this will limit indexing to everything
inside this server. (You could, for example, just set it to ""
to index all servers in that domain, etc.) But it will *only* follow
links. So if you don't have a link from a file at the start_url to a
certain file, it won't index it.

Your example is a little unclear to me. My guess is that you are
either not using limit_urls_to correctly or you don't have working
links to the files you're trying to index.

For more information:

-Geoff Hutchison
Williams Students Online

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