Over the weekend I downloaded and installed the Glimpse search utility on my Windows laptop. Actually, what I'm doing is running glimpse under Cygwin. Because glimpse is generally just available as a source code distribution, I looked around and found a reference to a user who installed it under Cygwin. With that as my encouragement, I downloaded the glimpse source code and had at it.
Everything went very smooth. Actually, the only problems I had were related to my Cygwin installation. Because I don't do any real development or compiling on Cygwin, I didn't have the necessary C compiler or make facility.
Here are the basic steps I followed to installed the Glimpse search tool on my Windows laptop under Cygwin:
- Of course I started with a PC running Windows and an initial Cygwin distribution.
- I downloaded and unpacked the Glimpse source code. It came down as a tar'd and gz'd file, so I unpacked it in two steps like this:
tar xvf glimpse-latest.tar
- After that I changed directory into the glimpse folder.
- Next I ran the configure script like this:
- At this point I realized I didn't have the necessary C compiler, so I downloaded the gcc-core Cygwin package. Looking ahead I realized that I didn't have a make facility either, so I downloaded the Cygwin make package.
- Next I ran the two needed make commands:
- When these steps finished glimpse and glimpseindex were ready to go. You can find out all about them here at the main documentation page and at the glimpse man page.
I haven't gotten around to running Webglimpse yet, but will do so soon. It's a cool search engine, especially for some of the techie things I want to search.