Webinator Extras

Other Useful Scripts

Meta Search Engine & Parser
This allows you to create a metasearch engine similar to those found at Dogpile.com or Metacrawler.com. A parser generator is available to help you create new kinds of Metasearches as well.
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Fast Adhoc Web Log Statistics Report
This tool is a very quick way to generate reports from your web-server log file. It shows: total hits, hits by host, hits by URL, hits by referrer, and hits by browser type. It can be used in real-time to see action on your server from a number different perspectives.
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Directory Tree
An admin script for producing a site map from a Webinator 4+ database. It prints every URL in the database, with a list of links from that page under each.
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Batch Walk and System Info
A tool for getting information from Webinator or a Search Appliance that would normally require interactively logging into the the web admin interface using a web browser. This script will log into the web interface, visit information pages, and summarize what it finds. Customize it to grab and display information you need. It currently does the following:
  • Download the query log in XLS (tab separated) format.
  • Summarize the query log giving click-over ratio, bad search ratio, top 10 queries, top 10 query words, top 10 clients.
  • Walk status: indicate how many pages walked in the last hour and walk start time.
  • System (appliance only): Check for database errors, show load average and warn if high, show disk space and warn if low.
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"We bought the entry-level Webinator product to begin with, and we currently have the Enterprise version. What I really like about it, still, is the fact that it's relatively easy to configure. It's much easier to configure that it was back when we bought the original product, when everything was run through command lines. I like the notion of relevance in terms of returned hits. It seems to make a lot more sense to me than, for example, Google page ranking -- which places a much higher priority on popularity than it does on the actual content of the pages where text matches. Another thing that has been nice is the fact there is support for synonym matching within the server. And I think Vortex as a scripting language is very powerful. Even though I haven't used it to its fullest ability, it's proven to be quite flexible when we've needed to make modifications."

Mark J. Weixel Director of Informatics The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) University of Pittsburgh
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