A Text Retrieval Package for the Unix Operating System
Liam R. E. Quin
SoftQuad Inc. (lee at sq.com)
Note: the author of this paper has moved to liamquin at interlog dot com
The lq-text package is freely available, and hence clearly
meets the criterion of low cost given at the start of the Introduction above.
The largest database indexed by the author at the time of writing
(March 1993) occupies about 100 Megabytes, and it remains to
be determined how suitable lq-text is at indexing and searching larger
bodies of text, which was the second main goal given in the Introduction.
The package does provide fast retrieval, and meets all of the Design Goals
given above except for the abilities to unindex and update documents.
These last two features are expected in the summer of 1994.
The source for lq-text is available for anonymous ftp from
ftp.cs.toronto.edu in /pub.
Updates are announced on a mailing list, which you may join by sending
lq-text-request at sq.com
including your name and mail address.
There is also a discussion group for new features and upcoming test releases,
which you may ask to join by sending mail to
lq-text-beta-request at sq.com
explaining your interest.