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Manual Reference Pages  -  SWISH-E (1)


Swish-e - A Search Engine



    swish [-e] [-i dir file ... ] [-S system] [-c file] [-f file] [-l] [-v (num)]
    swish -w word1 word2 ... [-f file1 file2 ...] \
          [-P phrase_delimiter] [-p prop1 ...] [-s sortprop1 [asc|desc] ...] \
          [-m num] [-t str] [-d delim] [-H (num)] [-x output_format]
    swish -k (char|*) [-f file1 file2 ...]
    swish -M index1 index2 ... outputfile
    swish -N /path/to/compare/file
    swish -V

See the the SWISH-RUN(1) man page for details on run-time options.


Swish-e is Simple Web Indexing System for Humans - Enhanced. Swish-e can quickly and easily index directories of files or remote web sites and search the generated indexes.

Swish-e is extremely fast in both indexing and searching, highly configurable, and can be seamlessly integrated with existing web sites to maintain a consistent design. Swish-e can index web pages, but can just as easily index text files, mailing list archives, or data stored in a relational database.

Swish is designed to index small to medium sized collection of documents, Although a few users are indexing over a million documents, typical usage is more often in the tens of thousands. Currently, Swish-e only indexes eight bit character encodings.


Documentation is provided as HTML pages installed in $prefix/share/doc/swish-e where $prefix is /usr/local if building from source, or /usr if installed as part of a package from your OS vendor. Under Windows $prefix is selected at installation time.

Documentation is also available on-line at

A subset of the documentation is installed as system man pages as well. The following man pages should be installed:
swish-e(1) This man page.
SWISH-CONFIG(1) Defines options that can be used in a configuration file.
SWISH-RUN(1) Describes the run-time options and switches.
SWISH-FAQ(1) Answers to commonly asked questions.
SWISH-LIBRARY(1) API for the Swish-e search library. Applications can link against this library.


Support for Swish-e is provide via the Swish-e discussion list. See for information.
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2.4.7 SWISH-E (1) 2009-04-04

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