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Re: boolean search


I checked out asksam.com, and it seems (on the face of it, anyway) to be a windows product. I would describe it, from my brief tour of the website, as something like an archive manager. It has some neat features, like import/build/export of web pages/directories, import of pdfs, word docs, textfiles, etc. It seems to implement wildcard and boolean search over the entire archive, while still offering some way to treat some of the data in a traditional "fields and records" database mode.

I don't know of an app like that for any of the *nix.

However, I don't think this is an amd64-specific topic.


On Sun, 18 Jun 2006, Francesco Pietra wrote:

Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 20:18:49 +0200
From: Francesco Pietra <frapietra@alice.it>
To: Don Montgomery <donm@methodbydesign.com>
Cc: debian-user@lists.debian.org, debian_amd64 <debian-amd64@lists.debian.org>
Subject: Re: boolean search

Hi Don:
do you know Asksam?  I would like to have something like that, at that speed
and breath of search.

On Sunday 18 June 2006 20:21, Don Montgomery wrote:

Any text editor will have hotkey search on
case-insensitive character strings, which allows you to
use a text file to store and find unstructured text data.
For ease of use, I especially like the "incremental
search" feature in emacs.  A simple textfile, no matter
how searchable, may be too free-form for you (and it will
not support the embedding of binary objects).  If so, what
_is_ on your wish list for such an application?  Are you
thinking of a flat file database?  Could you use a


On Sun, 18 Jun 2006, Francesco Pietra wrote:
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 18:01:46 +0200
From: Francesco Pietra <frapietra@alice.it>
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Cc: debian_amd64 <debian-amd64@lists.debian.org>
Subject: boolean search
Resent-Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 13:02:19 -0500 (CDT)
Resent-From: debian-amd64@lists.debian.org

What about a boolean search application? I mean to use it as a free-form
personal database, not for internet. Not for a relational database, which
is not what a scientists is aimed at to record scientific literature

It would be useful if records could accept embedded graphics, although i
do not pretend that a graphical search is made available.

If such a software is not available for deabian users, why not taking
that as a project? In the hands of an expert programmer, It could simply
start as a boolean search, but, step by step during use, it could be
developed also as a mathematical search (equal to, more than, less than,
etc). Such thing is an indispensable tool for disciplines that are not
purely theoretical but also make recourse to data.

Dont say, please, ask the science list, because what I am proposing is
much wider than that (which justifies the project; moreover, the science
list is dangerously becoming fractionated for specializations). Boolean
search is extremely useful also in business, legal affairs, etc,  and it
is far less time consuming that maintaining a structured database. Not to
say of the boring maintaining of a structured database. While you
maintain a free-form database you just learn. It is the same as
traditional learning.

francesco pietra


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