htsearch - Man Page

create document index and word database for the ht://Dig search engine


htsearch [options] [query_string]


Htsearch is used to search in de databases created by htdig for content. is the actual search engine of the htdig search system. It is a CGI program that is expected to be invoked by an HTML form. It will accept both the GET and POST methods of passing data to the CGI program.



A CGI-style query string can be given as a single argument, and is only used if the REQUEST_METHOD environment variable is not set.  If no query_string is given, and REQUEST_METHOD is not set, htsearch will prompt for the query.

-c configfile

Use the specified configfile instead of the default (for security reasons this option is only available when htsearch is used on the commandline).

-v -d

Run in verbose mode.  This increases the verbosity of the program.  Using more than 2 is probably only useful for debugging purposes.  The default verbose mode gives a progress on what it is doing and where it is.



The default configuration file.


The default search results header file


The default search results footer file


The default search results wrapper file, that contains the header and footer together in one file


The default 'no matches found' HTML file


The default file that explains boolean expression syntax errors

See Also

Please refer to the HTML pages (in the htdig-doc package) /usr/share/doc/htdig-doc/html/index.html and the manual pages htdig(1) and htmerge(1) for a detailed description of ht://Dig and its commands.


This manual page was written by Stijn de Bekker, based on the HTML documentation of ht://Dig.

Referenced By

htdig(1), htfuzzy(1), htmerge(1).

6 October 2001