archie wais server - WWW access directly to filesBrewster Kahle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 92 05:58:16 PST
From: Brewster Kahle <email@example.com>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
In-reply-to: Tim Berners-Lee's message of Tue, 18 Feb 92 14:25:04 GMT+0100 <9202181325.AA19967@ nxoc01.cern.ch >
Subject: archie wais server - WWW access directly to files
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 92 14:25:04 GMT+0100
From: email@example.com (Tim Berners-Lee)
Magic -- I really like it. I have modified the WAIS-WWW gateway so that is the
database is an archie one (i.e.database name contains "archie" :-| ) a W3 search of
the database will give links directly to the files. This relies on the headline
starting with host:/filename.
I wish we used /filename@hostname so that waisretrieve could handle it (and
be compatible with the WAIS doc-id.
Now the things which need neatening up. The gateway I was using is here in CERN,
and the server is at ordst.edu. This implies a transatlantic link for every search.
- Would you or anyone like to run the gateway locally? Volunteers?
WAIS packets are small, but the distance makes reduces reliability.
- Perhaps we should run the WAIS archie here, mirroring files.
- One of us could run a direct W3 archie server rather than using a gateway
To use www as an archie client,
setenv WWW_wais_GATE http://info.cern.ch:8001/
(or point to a more local gateway!) and
alias archie www wais://archive.orst.edu:9000/archie-orst.edu
I've put a pointer to the archie index in our CERN home page, but not publicised it
This is really cool.