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This site's search engine [message #139922] Fri, 30 September 2005 01:57 Go to next message
djmartin
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G'day ... do we have a FAQ for our 'search engine'? It is really as primitive as I think it is? I can't search numbers, I can't 'AND' two words, I can't make a word mandatory in the search. Am I being unreasonable?

David
Re: This site's search engine [message #139965 is a reply to message #139922] Fri, 30 September 2005 04:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Maaher
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I've been struggling with the same thing. Strings enclosed by double quotes would be handy too.

MHE
Re: This site's search engine [message #140213 is a reply to message #139965] Sun, 02 October 2005 15:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Hi,

There are several search engines on this site:

1. Forum Search Engine - http://orafaq.com/forum/s/

- Index is updated as people post and edit messages
- Limited in capability - numbers not indexed, phrase searches not allowed, etc.
- However, AND/ OR logic is supported!

2. Site Search Engine

- Much more sophisticated - see sample searches at http://orafaq.com/about/search-help
- Only indexed once per week

Improving (1) is on the TO DO list.

Best regards.

Frank
Re: This site's search engine [message #140338 is a reply to message #140213] Mon, 03 October 2005 18:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
djmartin
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Thanks Frank, I keep forgetting about this second link.

David
Re: This site's search engine [message #141289 is a reply to message #140338] Sat, 08 October 2005 02:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Maaher
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I've added the second link to the stickies in the SQL forums.

Thanks, Frank.
Re: This site's search engine [message #141326 is a reply to message #141289] Sat, 08 October 2005 23:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Great, thanks!
Re: This site's search engine [message #141939 is a reply to message #141326] Wed, 12 October 2005 18:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I did a search for 'XP SP' and got no hits. Methinks that the indexing engine has "2 character words = kill" turned 'ON'. Is the minimum length of a word a system variable for our search engine? What about words containing numbers? Is that a setting or hardcoded? I would really like to be able to search for 'SP2'.

I know the 'big search' can do 'XP SP' but it is not forum selectable unfortunately.

David
Re: This site's search engine [message #141941 is a reply to message #141939] Wed, 12 October 2005 18:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Hi David,

Unfortunately it is hard coded. I'll print out the programs tomorrow to see if we can change some of the defaults.

Best regards.

Frank
Re: This site's search engine [message #142571 is a reply to message #141941] Sun, 16 October 2005 02:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Frank Naude
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Hi,

We've added a "Search with site-level search engine" link to the forum's search page. Changing the forum's search engine wouldn't be as easy as originally thought.

Best regards.

Frank
Re: This site's search engine [message #142603 is a reply to message #142571] Sun, 16 October 2005 17:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
djmartin
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Thanks ... Any 'joining' link like this one helps everyone navigate to the various features available on the site.

David
Re: This site's search engine [message #263732 is a reply to message #142571] Thu, 30 August 2007 21:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
djmartin
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This 'no search on 2 character strings' sucks. I want to find entries that refer to 'vb' but it is not possible.

@Frank Naude, do we have a newer version of the website software since I last asked? Does this newer version permit short word searching?

David
Re: This site's search engine [message #264140 is a reply to message #263732] Sat, 01 September 2007 01:17 Go to previous message
Frank Naude
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Hi David,

Yes, a newer version is being prepared. However, the search code will unfortunately remain the same for now.

As workaround, please use the site level search engine. To search for "vb", try http://www.orafaq.com/search/vb

Best regards.

Frank
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