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Release status: unstable
|Implementation||Special page, Search|
|Description||Performs a slow, inefficient wiki search on the full page text.|
|Latest version||1.0.1 (2007-05-02)|
|License||GNU General Public License 2.0 or later|
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The RigorousSearch extension implements a full-page search facility, by the tedious method of individually searching the source of each page as stored in the "page" / "text" tables -- not the FULLTEXT index kept in the "searchindex" table for MySQL searches.
This is very slow, and almost totally useless -- except that it allows searching of the complete page source, not just the user-visible version of the text stored in "searchindex". So, for example, if you want to search for hyperlinks to a particular web site, this will work, whereas a MediaWiki search would not ("searchindex" includes link text, but not the link URL). You can also use it to search for particular markup tags.
A useful application is to search for novice users making "
http://..." links into the wiki instead of using regular wikilinks, which causes pages to appear orphaned when they're not.
The extension creates a new special page,
Special:RigorousSearch. Because it uses a lot of resources, access is restricted to users with "patrol" user rights (which by default means sysops). (You can change this easily enough; search for "patrol" in the code.)
You can invoke this feature in multiple ways:
- Go to
[[Special:RigorousSearch]], and fill in the search form.
- Link to
[[Special:RigorousSearch/mypattern]]to do an immediate search for "mypattern". Due to URL processing, this won't work for patterns containing special characters, including multiple slashes (as in "
- Link to
[http://x/w/index.php?title=Special:RigorousSearch&pattern=mypattern]. This also does an immediate search for "mypattern", but you can use "%2F" escapes for slashes, etc.
Note that this is really slow. You should only use it when necessary, and you probably shouldn't use it on large wikis at all.