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A high-level search interface for Debian packages

A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 18, 2010 13:27 UTC (Thu) by Seegras (guest, #20463)
Parent article: A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Actually, one of the things that kept me from noticing it ist the name: Xapian.

It sounds as if it is something complicated (X.400 API Association maybe?); it sounds "Enterprise" (which I again associate with: "Can do everything, but you have to program it yourself, and by the way, it uses an awkward language/API/config-language").

Might this have been a problem with other users too?

Cheers
Seegras


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A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 18, 2010 16:02 UTC (Thu) by nye (guest, #51576) [Link]

I'd actually seen the package name and assumed for some reason that it was something related to the Apache project - one of those gargantuan java packages that don't integrate with anything native and can't be configured correctly by mere mortals.

This description, on the other hand, sounds like an actually useful piece of software.

So no, it's not just you.

A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 18, 2010 18:53 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

I too thought it was something to do with the monster which is xalan-j.

A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 18, 2010 19:50 UTC (Thu) by ccurtis (guest, #49713) [Link]

My first impression is always that it's a Ximian specific tool.

A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 18, 2010 22:58 UTC (Thu) by cowsandmilk (guest, #55475) [Link]

considering how much coverage lwn gave notmuch ( http://notmuchmail.org/ ), I'm surprised you hadn't heard of xapian

A high-level search interface for Debian packages

Posted Nov 19, 2010 22:14 UTC (Fri) by tack (guest, #12542) [Link]

I've done a bit of work with Xapian. It's really a fantastic, well designed, light and fast full-text search engine. The API is intuitive and it has that Just Works quality that seems rare these days.


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