lookup and SRS5

Guy Bottu gbottu at ben.vub.ac.be
Mon Jun 9 05:52:11 EST 1997


I am busy finding out if lookup can function with the indexes made
by SRS5. I already found that the lookup from GCG 8.1 modified
according to Reinhard Doelz can work with indexes made by SRS5.
It is however necessary that the environment variable SRSSEC
points to a directory containing the files srswin.ptr and srswin.sec
from SRS4, because the srs5.ptr and srs5.sec are not compatible.
Another problem is that the names of some indexes have changed.
The result is that you can e.g. without problem search in Title, but
Definition gives nothing. I thought that it might work to change the
field definitions in the source code of lookup and recompile. There
a terrible problem arose : it has become impossible to compile
lookup.c on our computer. Even the code we compiled succesfully in
September 1995 can not be recompiled. The reason must be a bug in
the Operating system, since we have since then upgraded from
OSF/1 version 2 to 4.

Hopefully we will soon have egcg9 with a functional elookup. In the
meantime the only solution I see is to modify the names of the fields
in the Icarus files of SRS5. The only drawback of this would be a 
lack of consistency with the SRS5 servers on other sites. Other
alternatives (keeping two versions of the (bulky) indexes, abandonning
lookup, sticking to SRS4) are worse.

Anybody a comment ?

	Guy Bottu

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