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vrf VRF Archive: Search Page General Info

Question asked by VRFuser on Jan 25, 2005
It's suddenly occurred to me that I never said anything about how to use
this without using the search page itself, so here it is:

The search script is called SearchVRF.php. It is accessed using the base url
followed by the script name, though naturally the actual source isn't really
there, that's just a virtual trick for security.

It will accept two basic commands on the "command line": st (search text)
and an (attachment name). These parameters are passed to the script via
what's known as a query string. That just the script url followed by a
question mark, followed by a command (st or an), an equals sign, and the
text of the parameter you wish to pass. The trick is that this parameter
must be encoded.

It's a long story, but basically what that means is that certain characters
are encoded. Most notably, space is "+". For instance, to find all mention
of HP File Copy, one could open a browser and type in:

All this is not particularly useful, but for people like me that absolutely
can't stand clicking stuff it's nice to know that you don't have to use a
mouse. And if you want to automate the search process for your own purposes
this is the way to do it.

As always, if fails you can use If that
fails, then Comcast is down, the computer blew up or I'm rebooting for one
reason or another.

-SHAWN- Keeper of the unofficial VRF Archive at:

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