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  • This page is helpful and I used their config and modified it to our needs.
  • The Sphinx indexer simply runs on a cron, so that part is simple.
  • As far as front end, we are going to look at packaging the above linked MW extension.
    • The extension depends on sphinxapi.php, which is in the libsphinxclient package, at /usr/share/doc/libsphinxclient-0.9.9/sphinxapi.php.
    • The extension does not seem to work with MW 1.16, but we want to upgrade eventually anyway.
  • Sphinx does not crawl, it only indexes databases, which kind of defeats the purpose for us.


  • Doesn't have a crawler built in.
  • Most stuff is done via Omega, Xapian just backs it.
  • Hacky way to crawl sites: Crawl with htdig, convert into a format omega understands and can index.
  • htdig is unsupported and OLD.
  • htdig seems to segfault on https sites in my testing.
  • Omega's default UI is ugly but that is changeable.


  • Link
  • Looks nice. Has a somewhat nice UI, and is customizable.
  • Built in crawler, with a default 1000 line (with comments) config file.
  • CGI barfs when there are results: bug 19129 and bug 19141 upstream.
    • Being able to view results might be important, in a search engine. :)

Others to try

  • Apache Lucene (with Apache Nutch to crawl).
    • Heavily relies Java so probably out of the question (Lucene is Java, Nutch is a Tomcat servlet. Nuff said.)
  • Datapark Search
    • Fork of Mnogosearch?
    • Written in C.
  • ASPseek
    • C++
    • Last copyright year on their site is 2003. Is it unmaintained?