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[cobalt-users] Apache Scout


I have scoured the bookstores, but I am unable to find a well-indexed
for Apache directives. So this weekend, I downloaded the Apache docs, made
a quick little VB5 search-and-display tool, compiled it, and zipped it up
with all the docs. Any of you with Windows, needing to search Apache docs
a certain directive, are welcome to download it, at



1) Put it in a directory.
2) Unzip it.
3) Click on ApacheScout.exe


1) It is compact, at only 501 Kb zipped (including docs).
2) It is quick (see compact, above).
3) It re-indexes the included Apache docs directory and its subdirectories
each time it is started. That means that you can add new pages, or even new
directories, in there, and have them appear and be searchable. For instance,
I found a handy page explaining .htaccess uses. I can throw that in the
and it would be indexed too. Or, I could throw in a new directory, in which
save other helpful pages I find on the web. Next time I start the
it will index them, link to them, and show their page titles.
4) The price is right (though all contributions toward the WebMost beer fund
are cordially invited).
5) Will index, link, display page titles, search, copy, paste, take notes,
go to Apache, and keep a history. Even shows you nifty random Apache


1) Since I threw this together very quickly in one weekend, for my own use,
in between grandchildren, motorcycle maintenance, and officiating a couple
of football games, I did not take the time to write my own browser. Instead,
I used the handy browser control, which takes advantage of IE4. Therefore,
be aware, this app is made for IE4. Will very likely work with IE5. May work
with IE3. Works for me, and that's all as I wanted.
2) No tech support. (suggestions welcome)
3)Will only show the line number for first match for a search term on any
given page. This is because I didn't want to do all the VB gymnastics
in getting it to show all the hits.

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