Re: how should remote path names be handled?

Arnold Bloemer (
23 Apr 93 9:36

Cc: dehning, falken, grau, muenkel, niem, woelker, wollborn, bloemer

I had severe problems with relative pathnames when I setup
a WAIS database of my local set of HTML pages.

The idea behind setting up this database was, that I would
be able to generate a projection of the Web based on a search.

After I retrieve a HTML Page from the WAIS database I want to
be able to follow all the links in the HTML Page.

But I experienced that I could only follow links with absolute
pathnames. A relative URL like "HREF=QuickGuide.html" was
translated to the following:


This yields an error of 'Missing DocID in request'.

So if you want to setup a WAIS database for searching through your
information system the only way seems to be using absolute pathnames.

Or is the last statement wrong ?