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Re: Flock Backend

Subject: Re: Flock Backend
From: Kevin Kubasik
Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2006 13:27:39 -0400
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I've talked to the developers over there before, and they are looking to
build up flock any way they can, I'm sure they wouldn't have an issue,
the flock license is one of those where you have to sign a funny
contract to contribute code, but lucene is an open format. As of the 0.7
or 'Cardnial' release series, flock uses Clucene 1.9. If you wanna check
it out, your index is in the folder 'historysearch' in the flock profile
directory.

Whats really the best thing about it is that because the indexing is all
in C and part of the browser, they have the scheduling etc. to make it
not interfere with the browsing experience at all.

Is there some command line tool to just dump the contents of lucene
index into text form or something? I can't seem to find much, but again,
its not something I'm exactly experienced with.


Cheers,
Kevin Kubasik
240-838-6616
http://kubasik.net/blog


Robin Haswell wrote:
>> I cant think of any more off the top of my head. (Oh, one more. IANAL, are 
>> there licensing issues ??? The only scary thing of "open"-source world.) It 
>> definitely sounds like a good idea.
> 
> I highly doubt there are licensing issues involved with reading another
> program's open-format files. If you were reversing a binary index there
> could be a DMCA-type angle on it, but Lucene is a published standard (I
> believe). Think of how many programs there are to read Apple's iTunes
> databases.
> 
> However that said, Flock is a for-profit company with VC funding, so
> caution could be advisable.
> 
> -Rob
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