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[Perlfect-search] Calling indexer.pl from web browser

Giorgos Zervas giorgos@perlfect.com
Sat, 09 Sep 2000 15:14:16 +0000
The reason why we haven't allowed users to call indexer.pl from a web
browser are security related. The script would have to have write
permission to the user's account so that it can create the index. This
isn't a good thing for CGI script since it can be used as an exploit by
hackers. Also the indexer can take a long time to complete it's
operation. Running it from the browser would mean waiting there
connected to the internet until the indexer is finished. It is much
better setting up a cron job to reindex the site every few days or so...

Are there many people here for whom it would make a big difference being
able to run the indexer from a browser?

giorgos

mavickers@aikenelectric.net wrote:
> 
> Is there a way to call the indexer.pl to reindex a site using a web browser,
> rather than telnet?
> Would make re-indexing much easier.
> 
> Mike Vickers
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