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Search Tools Product Report
Price: Free under a GPL open source license; installation available for a small fee.
Platform: Perl CGI for Windows NT and various flavors of Unix using DB_File.
Patches for Perlfect are available from a third-party developer, adding such features as phrase searching and wildcards.
- Local file system or remote robot indexing. Creates a compact inverted index.
- Can exclude files and directories.
- Indexes PDF using pdftotext and MS Word files using antiword.
- Searches by keywords, accepts Internet Query Operators.
- Keyword highlighting in search results.
- Configurable stopwords list and minimum word-length restrictions for the index.
- Index process can be initiated via a web form.
- Results page can be shown in many different languages.
- Simple HTML template customization for results pages.
- Automated installation.
Articles & Reviews
- Comparison of Free Search Engines : April 2006 by Yiling Chen
Concentrates on indexing, query processing, retrieval and relevance. Covers Alkaline, Fluid Dynamics, ht://Dig, Juggernautsearch, mnoGoSearch, Perlfect, SWISH-E, Webinator, and Webglimpse.
All of these search engines are are free, mainly on Unix, and many are open source software.
- Rating Page
: as of January 2007
Gets 4 of 5 stars from 24 ratings. User comments include "Best for use with small sites" and some circa-2000 complaints about installing in Windows.
Page Modified: 2007-03-23