Re: [htdig] multiple dbases from one search form?

Subject: Re: [htdig] multiple dbases from one search form?
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 10:45:57 PST

According to Mike Paradis:
> I've looked high and low for this answer but have not found it yet.
> I know that I can create multiple databases but how can I search multiple databases from
> one search form?
> >From the one search form, I would like users to enter which dbase they would like to
> search, dbase1 or dbase2 or dbase3 etc. Perhaps in the form of a radio button.
> They then enter the keyword and the search would begin.
> The only other way I can think of right now is to call a seperate htsearch process for
> each dbase. Also, if I can achieve this from within one form, would the system be able to
> handle multiple requests from different users?

If you use radio buttons, then you can only select one database at a time
anyway. This can be done using the config input parameter to select the
one configuration file for the desired database.

On the other hand, if you use checkboxes or a select multiple list, then
you'd need Rajendra's patch for multiple database searching:

It's already in the 3.2 code base, as Geoff pointed out. For 3.1.x, there
is a patch available by following the above link, but it's for 3.1.3, so
I don't know how smoothly it'll apply to 3.1.5.

The other option is to use htmerge to build up some combined databases
for all the combinations you're likely to need, and select them as single
databases using a select list or radio buttons.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
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Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Phone:  (204)789-3766
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