Your own local search engine.

There are times when you would want to have a local search engine capable of indexing even pdf and doc files. So here is a solution.

You can use “Omega” and here are the instructions.

download omega from http:// xapian.org/download

yum install xapian libuuid-devel

And then make and install omega and for this you can follow the instructions.

Federated Search Engine Diagram
Federated Search Engine Diagram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Create index using command omindex
and then you can use quest or search.py to search or you can setup the cgi way so that you can use local browser to search.

You can setup cron with following to update the index regularly:

omindex -p --db /var/lib/omega/data/default --url /URL /path/to/index
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Xoost – Search engine

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Xoost is a community search engine. From Xoost page:

Imagine you are searching for a topic related to your favourite Music, Travel destinations, Events. With Xoost you will benefit from the exponential value of doing it much more productively together with your friends or family members. It’s all about sharing Search skills & Knowledge.

Xoost diaplays result from Google, Yahoo and Bing all in one page. If you like a page you can mark it or share it with others. So this is one good feature that is quite useful. Also there is a Search extension available for firefox for Xoost.

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