[ic] Flax, Xapian Intergration

Jon Jensen jon at endpoint.com
Mon Aug 27 16:13:27 UTC 2012

On Mon, 27 Aug 2012, Jure Kodzoman wrote:

>> I am working on a site redesign and looking at options for internal 
>> site search besides swish-e and came across a few interesting programs. 
>> Has anyone played with Xapian or Flax and integrated it into 
>> Interchange.  Both have perl clients so wouldn't be too bad to do just 
>> curious if anyone has had any experience with it.
> We have recently done a project with 17 million videos, where (fast) 
> search was really important. After some research, we ended up with 
> Apache Solr, which is really well supported in Perl. It's been a very 
> robust and good solution for us. It's relatively simple to set up and 
> well documented.

Hi, Sam. We've had good luck with both Solr and Sphinx. Personally I'd 
start with Sphinx now because it is lighter weight -- no Java, uses less 
RAM, etc. But they're both really good search systems.

We used Xapian on a Ruby on Rails project a few years back and it didn't 
pan out all that well, so I wouldn't go for it again without a good 


Jon Jensen
End Point Corporation

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