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RE: how to get a description

From: Wolf, Dena <dena.wolf(at)>
Date: Mon Nov 25 2002 - 19:33:36 GMT
My isp wrote:

/usr/local/libexec/cgi-bin/swish-e -V

Please let me know if this answers your question.


Does this mean this is too early a version to get descriptions, content?


-----Original Message-----
From: Wolf, Dena 
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 1:58 PM
To: ''; Multiple recipients of list
Subject: RE: [SWISH-E] RE: how to get a description

At the risk of exposing my lost-ness:
First, Thanks again for your swift replies.

When I enter orcsolar@sweb-5130(235) perldoc swish.cgi
No documentation found for "swish.cgi".
I tried this in the cgi-bin directory I have as well as the one located in
the original place on the solaris server where I had copied it from.

How else might I access this?

I've tried HTML, HTML2, and HTML* and understand that they are dependent
upon the library referenced.  I always error exactly the same no matter
which one I use :
(Indexing Data Source: "File-System"
Bad directive on line #14: IndexContents HTML* .html
Bad directive on line #15: StoreDescription HTML* <body> 100000) .  

I am awaiting a call back from my isp.  I am going to ask them:
What version of swish do we have?
What library does it use?
Where is the perl documentation for swish.cgi

-There is no swish-e directory that I can see on their server.
They had the swish executable & the swish.cgi file sitting in their cgi-bin
directory (/usr/local/libexec/cgi-bin/).  I couldn't find any other swish

I have perl5 installed in my directory.  I remember running something
callled  rbsetup --perl which copied perl into my home directory.  Could
this be interferring with the library it is using?  Maybe when they call it
will help a bit.

I do not consider myself too able in installing swish myself on the server
since I can barely understand the documentation. (thru no fault of its own,
I think)

Anyways, just thought I 'd say where I'm at in case anything looks
suspicious to you.

Thanks once again,

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Moseley []
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 12:11 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [SWISH-E] RE: how to get a description

At 08:40 AM 11/25/02 -0800, Wolf, Dena wrote:
>Hi there Mr Moseley, Grunstein et al
>I appreciate your email.  I can't find the debugging you reference.  I also
>do not know where to find perldoc swish.cgi.

do you know where swish.cgi is?  Let's say it's in /opt/httpd/cgi-bin.

So they you would do:

option A):

  > cd /opt/httpd/cgi-bin
  % perldoc swish.cgi

option B):

  % perldoc /opt/httpd/cgi-bin/swish.cgi

>I am on a shared solaris server.  I do not know if libxml2 is installed.  I
>did not install it, but swish came with our account, and I do not know if
>they installed it. I don't see it.

Oh, so you are on a shared server where someone else installed swish?  Then
you may want to ask specifics about their system from them.

Or, if swish-e in installed in /opt/swish-e/bin/swish-e:

  % ldd /opt/swish-e/bin/swish-e

If you see a line like =>  /data/_g/lii/local/lib/

then you know that swish-e was linked with libxml2.

Or if "IndexContents HTML .html" works but "IndexContents HTML2 .html" does
NOT work then you can probably assume that it's not linked in.

Of course, if you have shell access, which I assume you do, there's no
reason you cannot build and install swish-e from source.

>All this came about because I am trying
>to customize the swish that our isp gave us.  I moved the swish.cgi into my
>cgi bin and created a config file.  All went well, and the indexing works.
>The problem is I can't get it to show descriptions.  No matter what I do, I
>get the 2 BAD DIRECTIVE lines for the lines in my config file that begin
>IndexContents & StoreDescription.  Without these two lines in the config
>file, the indexing works fine. But I want to show descriptions.

Like I sait the other day, you can use HTML instead of HTML2, or just use
HTML* to have swish automatically select (but only IF you have a 2.2
version of swish-e installed.  The descriptions are NOT limited to only the
HTML2 parser -- that is you can still store and display descriptions
without libxml2 installed.

I would strongly recommend following the step-by-step instructions shown
with perldoc swish.cgi.
Bill Moseley
Received on Mon Nov 25 19:33:49 2002