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Glimpse & WebGlimpse
Product Information (new site)
Academic Project Site
Platforms: Unix: Solaris, SunOS openBSD, AIX, IRIX, Mach, OSF, Rhapsody
(Mac OS X)
Price: free for noncommercial use, $200 for 1 company, 1 domain, fewer
than 100 employees; $500 for 1 to 100 companies, fewer than 10 domains; $750
fewer than 100 domains; $2000 unlimited
Note that glimpse is the search engine (written in C) and webglimpse is
the spider and indexer (primarily in Perl).
- Both binaries and source code distributed
- Robot spider and file system indexing
- Follow links from page through "neighborhood"
- Now recognizes HTML extended character codes
- Supports standard Boolean operators and wildcards.
- Limit search to recent files
- Partial matches and misspellings accepted
- Case sensitivity
- Multiple domains on a single server
- Hit highlighting and results in context
- Paid versions can specify a formula for results sorting.
Articles & Reviews
Open Source Indexers Infomotions Musings; May 29, 2001 by Eric Lease
Describes the history and features of eight open-source search engines, freeWAIS-sf
(aging code and hard to install, but good for searching email and public domain
etexts); Harvest (powerful gathering features for
frequently-changing data stores, good with structured documents); ht://Dig
(tricky to configure, no phrase searching, automatic stemming and match word
highlighting); Isearch (weak documentation and
support, easy to install, dated interface, Z39.50 support); MPS
Information Server (zippy indexing of both text and structured data, Z39.50
support, Perl API, limited documentation); SWISH-E
(simple to install engine, CGIs in Perl and PHP still beta, good for HTML
pages, recognizes new META tags, sorts results by field; WebGlimpse
(easy to install and configure, requires commercial version for customized
output); Yaz/Zebra (mainly Z39.50, no Perl API, mainl
y a toolkit to index and respond to distributed client queries). Article also
points out that chaotic information is less than helpful and encourages organization,
structure and vocabulary control.
- Internal Search
Engines Get You Where You Want To Go TechWeb October 15, 1997 by
Good, thorough coverage of AltaVista eXtension 97,
Folio siteDirector 3.1, Ultraseek 1.1, Inmagic/Lycos,
DB/Text Intranet Spider, ISYS:Web 2.0, Maxum Phantom
2.0; Microsoft Index Server 3.0, Netscape
Compass 3.0, Quadralay WebWorks Search
2.0, Verity IntelliServe 1.0, freeWAIS
0.3, WebGlimpse 4.0B1 and SWISH 1.1.
-- Combining Browsing and Searching Usenix presentation, January 10,
Contents of a presentation at the Usenix Technical Conference in early 1997,
points out some major issues of context and location in searching that have
not really been addressed by other tools.
- Web Site Search Engines
(Appendices) The PIPER Letter: November, 1996
Covers Basis Webserver , Excerpt, Excite,
Folio, freeWAIS-sf, FrontPage, Fulcrum
, Glimpse, ht://Dig, ICE,
Isearch, PL Web, Swish,