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Re: [swish-e] Using the asterisk wildcard in SWISH

From: Brad Miele <bmiele(at)>
Date: Fri Dec 14 2007 - 10:54:52 GMT
It looks like the script is cleaning up the incoming query string 
and removing the asterisk.

are you able to access the unix shell and view/make changes to

as an aside. it makes me slightly nervous to see you passing the on disk 
location of your index in as a query_string value. probably overreaction, 
but i don't like to reveal any on server paths to end users.


Brad Miele
VP Technology

On Fri, 14 Dec 2007, Susan Wilson wrote:

> Hi Guys,
> I'm a newbie to SWISH.  I'm a user rather than a techo, in that our ISP
> offers SWISH as a Site-search Add-on, but it's been bundled with other
> stuff they provide and it seems their help Desk has NOT been upskilled
> in SWISH.  So I'm kinda struggling at the moment.  A further
> complication has been that I'm working from a Windows XP environment and
> our website is stored on a UNIX server.  The UNIX environment is
> unfamiliar.   It is only by chance that I discovered that UNIX likes
> text files with line-endings of LF (linefeed), not CRLF as Windows uses.
> I have used the ISP-supplied query form as a base, and created our
> "advanced search" form  -- see
> I'm having trouble with the wildcard * (asterisk).
> I use the word "myth" (without the quotes) -- and it correctly doesn't
> find anything.
> I use "myth*" and again it doesn't find anything -- incorrectly
> I use "myths" or "mythteries"  (like mysteries only with a lisp!) and it
> finds items
> Can someone explain why I am not finding anything using the wildcard?
> It is as though the "*" is chopped off before it gets anywhere near the
> index.
> Is there a config file parameter (set or not set) that might trip up the
> use of an asterisk as a wildcard?
> Is there something that I can get the ISP techos to run for me that will
> help?
> Thanks
> Susan
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