I had an interesting problem and an interesting solution trying to get
AutoSwish to use "or".
I wanted a radio button the user could check to limit a search to only new
pages. New pages are those with a META tag named "New" valued at either
"Sp97" or "Fa97". I edited the CGI Script which AutoSwish generated for me
(in hindsight I realize it'd have been easier to modify my form) so that
"New = (Fa97 or Sp97)" will be pushed into the querystring when the button
But it didn't work. Although
swish-e -w "New = (Fa97 or Sp97)" -f index.swish
will do a proper search,
swish-e -w New = (Fa97 or Sp97) -f index.swish
(without quote marks around the query) returns an error. (swish-e seems to
be forgiving about lack of quote marks around the query if the query has no
parentheses.) I fixed this by editing my CGI script changing
open(SWISH, "$swish -w $query -m $results -f $index|");
open(SWISH, "$swish -w \"$query\" -m $results -f $index|");
which forces my CGI script to include quotes around my query which allows
"or" searches to work properly.
I can't see any harm that adding the quote marks can cause.
University of California Press
Received on Fri Sep 5 16:01:33 1997