The search box on

Murray Stokely murray.stokely at
Tue May 29 21:30:03 UTC 2007

On 5/10/07, Wolfram Schneider <wosch at> wrote:
> On 5/10/07, John Baldwin <jhb at> wrote:
> >
> > Really, it's bad.  I just typed in 'logo' to find the page about logo usage,
> > and it returned 0 results, not even  That's
> > exceedingly lame.
> You typed an evil query which crashed the search program with signal 11.
> ('logos' works fine).
> The search program was written long time ago in C, a language with
> a terrible memory management. You have to spend half of your
> development time fixing memory leaks and off-by-one buffer bugs. 15
> years ago nobody cared about bad C programming style.
> Feel free to debug our search program. I don't have the time myself.
> > Its worse than having no search box at all because people
> > will try to _use_ it and then get frustrated.  It should either be killed, or
> > it should be replaced with something that actually _works_ (probably it
> > should make use of Y!, Google, or something to do the search).
> you know how few pages are indexed by google? Usually less than 10-50%
> of a web site.

This can be addressed with sitemaps [1].  Y! claims ~5 million indexed pages.  Do we know how many documents are in our home
grown search corpus?

I think we should switch the search bar to using google or Y!, just as
NetBSD does.

         - Murray


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