On Sun, 15 Mar 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Check out the free web server search utility offered by Excite at:
> It is absolutely superb! Much more powerful than Swish, basic to configure,
> generates search and results pages automatically, supports indexing with
> regular expressions...it really is excellent.
No, actually it sucks as I stated a few messages back. The
*only* things it's got going for it is that it does stemming
and gives context. (I personally dislike stemming.) Stemming
is a very expensive thing to do. For exactly the same data,
running Excite's indexer takes about 12 hours to run on a Sparc
20; running SWISH++ takes about 20 minutes.
It is *not* simple to configure: if you want to do any
customization whatsoever, you have to hack at their clunky,
bloated, Perl 4 (yes, 4!) code. And if you want different
hacks for different pages, you have to install it multiple
times since every have affects an entire installation.
And, I don't know what you think regular expressions are, but
Excite does *not* support them. Not even Alta Vista does.
- Paul J. Lucas
NASA Ames Research Center Caelum Research Corporation
Moffett Field, California San Jose, California
<pjl AT ptolemy DOT arc DOT nasa DOT gov>
Received on Mon Mar 16 11:39:25 1998