DocSearcher is a search tool.



Creating Indexes

Developer Info

Search Techniques






Creating searchable CDROM


Before you can search anything - you need to index the files you want searched. Do this by clicking "Index" and "Create new index" and you will be presented with a wizard to identify which files are to be indexed. Indexing generaly proceeds fairly rapidly. Once indexing is done - you can perform searches.

Below is a picture of a sample index configuration - specifically the general options:
general indexing options example
Below is a picture of a sample index configuration - specifically the advanced options:
advanced indexing options example

Importing and exporting indexes
You can import and export your indexes. This is useful for implementing a unified search.

Exporting allows you to share your search index with other users. This is mainly for providing multiple web search archives in a single location (using a Lucene or DocSearcher servlet) - but it works well enough client side as well.
When you create a new index, you can modify the archiving location properties by selecting the archiving tab, as shown below: archiving properties

When you decide to export your index, click on "Index" and "Manage indexes", then check the export box next to the index you want to export and click "Ok". Then DocSearcher will zip up the index, place it in its archive folder, and add an entry to a file called archives.htm in that folder to hold the meta data for the index.

If you want to share the index, publish the zip file and the archive.htm file onto the web (in the same folder) and send your friend a link the the zip archive. When they import that zip (link) in their DocSearcher application, their DocSearcher application will find the archives.htm file and automatically import the meta data (description, etc...) for the archived index.

Later on, if your friend wants to update that imported index, they can click on "Index" and "Manage indexes", then check the update box, and click "Ok". DocSearcher will go check the archives.htm file to see if you've published an update - and if you have - it will retrieve the update.

DocSearcher Lucene index archives are typically about 3% of the size of the actual files and directories they represent. For example; a directory with 119 MB worth of files has an index that is 3.8 MB. Expect a directory that is about 1 GB to have an index of approximately 30 MB in size.