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README ====== Xappy provides a simple-to-use interface to a search engine (Xapian - http://xapian.org/). For an introduction to the "xappy" module, read the documentation in "docs/introduction.html". (If you have an SVN checkout, you may need to generate this documentation by running "./build.py") You can run the testsuite by running "./testsuite/runtests.py". All changes are logged in the ChangeLog. Prerequisites ------------- - Python. Version 2.4 or 2.5 should be suitable. Earlier versions may not work correctly, and versions earlier than 2.2 will certainly not work (since they are not supported by Xapian). - Xapian (core library and python bindings). Currently, no release contains all the features needed for Xappy: you will need a snapshot release of Xapian. Appropriate snapshots are available from the tarballs in the libs/ subdirectory: we do not currently support use of a version of Xapian other than that in those tarballs. - rst2html and epydoc. These are used to format the documentation - you should be able to use the "xappy" module without them, but it won't be so easy to know _how_ to use it! - Python docutils. This is needed for generating the documentation - most Python installations will already have docutils included, but you may need to install it specifically in some cases. - If you want to use the colour similarity code, you will also need: - The python colormath library. Get this from "easy_install colormath", or download a tarball from http://pypi.python.org/pypi/colormath/ - Scipy version 0.7 or later, for the image facet clustering code. Building -------- The xappy module is pure Python, and thus doesn't really need to be built. However, there is a "build.py" script at the top level of the project - this will generate all the documentation.