[R] changes in RSiteSearch() and http://finzi.psych.upenn.edu/search.html

From: Jonathan Baron <baron_at_psych.upenn.edu>
Date: Wed 31 May 2006 - 09:37:02 EST

This is about my searchable archive. The function RSiteSearch() now searches this archive. I'm considering the following changes. If you have comments, please write me. Try to avoid cc'ing the list.

The Rhelp02a directory, which now contains all list mail from 2002 (about 100 MB), is getting larger and larger. This probably cannot go on forever, and performance might even improve if it got smaller now.

I've considered two changes. One is to start a new archive. This would break RSiteSearch. Even if that were fixed, the fix would spread very slowly.

The second solution, which I plan to implement unless I hear a better one, is to make this major archive include a maximum four-year window, so that it would now start in 2003 rather than 2002, then (next year) would start in 2004, and so on. The main disadvantage is that references to current message in my archive would be lost, because the message numbers would change. (I will try to save the old archive.) There aren't very many of these (244, including replies, in the archive itself). Although the archive would start in 2003, it would still be called Rhelp02a, so that RSiteSearch(), etc., still work.

Maybe someone experienced with hypermail or namazu will tell me that 100 MB is nothing and I should wait until I get a GB before getting nervous.

I also plan to change the default number of items per page from 20 to 100. This will not change in RSiteSearch() until the next version, but this is not so big a deal.


Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Home page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron

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