An interactive database of comp.compiler articles

John R. Levine <>
Sat, 1 Feb 92 20:20:08 EST

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From: John R. Levine <>
Keywords: administrivia
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 92 20:20:08 EST

Willem Jan Withagen <> advises me that he has an
experimental interactive database of comp.compilers articles available to
Internet users. Telnet to, port 3404 (Unix users would
type "telnet 3403") to use it. You enter keywords, and
it searches the database, which consists of recent compilers articles, for
matches. You can ask it to mail you the articles that it finds. A
similar database of comp.sys.apollo articles is at port 3401. I expect it
would be appreciated if users outside of Europe avoided using it during
European working hours.

People without Internet access can also use the mail server here at
Compilers Central, by sending messages to The message can contain lines of
the form:

search string1 string2 ...
search all string1 string2 ...

The database consists of the subject lines from all compilers articles
back to 1986. The first form finds lines that contain any of the strings,
the second form finds lines that contain all of the strings. The search
engine is egrep, so all of the usual egrep pattern characters work. The
search is case independent. If the search produces more than 100 matches,
you get a message rather than the search result, since it is easy to
accidentally give egrep a pattern that will match the entire index. Send
"help" to compilers-server to learn about other things it can do.
John Levine, comp.compilers moderator


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