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Re: SOIFs (fwd)

From: Dan Brickley <Daniel.Brickley(at)>
Date: Thu Oct 22 1998 - 13:19:14 GMT
Recent versions of Harvest seem to come with support for Swish-e built
in. This is done at the broker level (whereas the per-filetype
summarising is I believe done by the gatherer component).

The broker config file has a parameter that allows you to choose the
indexing engine; it defaults to glimpse but can be set to use swish. I
think(?) a version of swish is bundled but presumably could be replaced,
much as the Glimpse component can (and should!) be replaced by a more
recent version. FWIW I found the swish indexer a little slow when used
with a several-thousand record Harvest gatherer, although perhaps a more recent
version of swish would do better? (cue Paul to pop up and tell us
how SWISH++ is much faster... <ducks> ;-)

See  for release 1.5

Hope this helps,


On Thu, 22 Oct 1998, David James Houghton wrote:

> Hi,
>  We are using Harvest to gather and index remote sites. The
> search engine behind this is glimpse with which we have had several 
> problems. We are therefore looking for an alternative and Swish
> has been mentioned. Can Swish recognise file format types such
> as Word, PDF, SGML etc ? Are there any good examples of Harvest and
> Swish used together ?
> best regards,
> -- 
> ----
> Dave Houghton              
> Project Manager            
>  International Institute for
>  Electronic Library Research         Work Tel. No. 0116 2506349
> De Montfort University               
> Leicester
Received on Thu Oct 22 06:29:54 1998