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Feedback on SearchPDFPlugin

-- AndyBeardsall - 08 Aug 2007

Thank you Andy for sharing this plugin with the TWikiCommunity! Interesting idea of storing PDF text content in topic meta data so that TWiki search also searches PDF documents.

Some feedback:

  • For easier upgrade, better to set the settings in Main.TWikiPreferences, not in TWiki.TWikiPreferences
  • Setting XPDFLOCATION in the preferences is a security hole. Anyone with a browser could change that to execute any program on the server. Impose acccess control restrictions, or move this setting into configure settings.
  • How about measuring and documenting the PluginBenchmarks?
  • I added a SHORTDESCRIPTION setting to the plugin topic. This is needed so the reports on twiki.org work properly. Please feel free to put that into the next release.

-- PeterThoeny - 12 Aug 2007

Thanks for this plugin, it looks very promising. Unfortunately I can't get it to work under Linux. One issue I found (I think) is that the name of the conversion programme is hardcoded in indexPDF.pl as pdftotext.exe, however under Linux this is called pdftotext. Could I suggest to set the full name (not only the path) of the executable in LocalSite.cfg.

-- StephanMatthiesen - 31 Aug 2007

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