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RichieBoy67
22 Dec 2010, 13:23
Can someone please explain exactly what Sphinx does and what are the benefits or cons for using this?

Thanks

Lynne
22 Dec 2010, 16:53
Have you tried google - http://sphinxsearch.com/about/sphinx/
Sphinx is an open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with performance, relevance (aka search quality), and integration simplicity in mind.
Pros... fast, fast, fast.
Cons.... can only run if you have your own dedicated server

RichieBoy67
22 Dec 2010, 17:10
I know it is a search server but I wasn't sure exactly how it relates to VBulletin... Is it meant to replace the built in search function for very large forums or is meant to provide a search function for a whole site?

I have spent some time researching on Google but most of what I found was really far from what I was looking for. Seeing that there is a whole forum dedicated to it I figured it would be a great place to at least find out what it is exactly..

Thanks for your reply..

Lynne
22 Dec 2010, 17:26
It is meant to replace vbulletin's search. You use either vbulletin's search OR sphinx search.

Boofo
23 Dec 2010, 10:48
Cons.... can only run if you have your own dedicated server

Or VPS. ;)

RichieBoy67
23 Dec 2010, 11:01
Does anyone have this up and running so I can test it? I have an application this would be perfect for..

Thanks

Lynne
23 Dec 2010, 16:48
digitalpoint uses it on his forums. This is for forums with a LOT of posts.

Boofo
23 Dec 2010, 16:55
But he uses the vb integration that we wrote which will only work with Sphinx 0.9.9 and above.

Lynne
23 Dec 2010, 17:18
Sure, but it's still Sphinx. If you just want to see how quick it is on a big site, that's a good site to see it put to use.

Boofo
23 Dec 2010, 17:27
True. I just thought you were talking about the vb integration mod from the com. I'll go stand in the corner now.

Lynne
23 Dec 2010, 17:40
True. I just thought you were talking about the vb integration mod from the com. I'll go stand in the corner now.
Could be, but he didn't specify that, he just said he wanted to see Sphinx running on a site.

And while you are in the corner, can you please plan my Christmas dinner menu? I've gotta do that today but haven't had the time yet. :)

Boofo
23 Dec 2010, 17:58
We're not gonna meet at IHOP for xmas dinner this year? :(

8thos
16 Jun 2011, 05:25
Can someone please explain exactly what Sphinx does and what are the benefits or cons for using this?

ThanksI dunno. Saw it on vb.com just now though.

https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showthread.php/381672-We-call-for-a-proper-search-feature-in-vbulletin-4.x.?
https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/external/2011/06/49.jpg

Something is wrong with my search engine so I'm looking up how to fix it or replace it.

final kaoss
17 Jun 2011, 19:50
Or use google custom site search.

It is meant to replace vbulletin's search. You use either vbulletin's search OR sphinx search.

Zachery
17 Jun 2011, 20:52
Or use google custom site search.
Only works on things google can see.

final kaoss
17 Jun 2011, 21:04
Very little forums do not want google to index their content, so this is a pretty good option.

Zachery
19 Jun 2011, 00:18
Very little forums do not want google to index their content, so this is a pretty good option.
Yea, but you can't search your private content (at all). Staff forums, etc.

8thos
19 Jun 2011, 01:16
I'd rather buy Sphinx. It's only $25 right?

semprot
26 Jun 2011, 09:19
I'd rather buy Sphinx. It's only $25 right?
yea right, just googled it and found this url to buy
http://products.digitalpoint.com/vbulletin-sphinx-search.php

M.Kay
19 Aug 2011, 07:37
what about the DB table, which are used for VB search. Can I empty them after successfully running sphinx?

kevdod
25 Jan 2012, 20:00
in addition to google and sphinx, yapmap site search mod is another search option

Mecho
11 Dec 2012, 15:14
too bad that there is no 100% working one for 3.8.x