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Couch Crawler

A search engine built on top of couchdb-lucene.

Dependencies

CouchDB

Python

Optionally for Yammer spidering:

Installation

Assuming couchdb-lucene was installed to the "_fti" endpoint, you can push Couch Crawler to your CouchDB instance with the command:

cd couchapp
couchapp push

This will create a new CouchDB database called "crawler" on the localhost:5984 CouchDB instance. To change the db, modify couchapp/.couchapprc and do another couchapp push.

To configure the crawler, copy python/couchcrawler-sample.cfg to python/couchcrawler.cfg and fill out the appropriate configuration values.

To start indexing pages, run the crawler script:

cd python
./scrapy-ctl.py crawl domain_to_crawl.com

While it's indexing, you can visit the search engine at the following url:

http://localhost:5984/crawler/_design/crawler/index.html

Spiders

The crawler current has spiders for:

  • MediaWiki
  • Twiki
  • Yammer

It's pretty easy to create your own. See python/couchcrawler/spiders/wiki.py for an example, or Scrapy documentation for more a more in-depth explanation.

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