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Adding New Search Fields?
Hi,

Can anyone tell me if its possible to add new search fields to linksSQL, and if so what would be involved.

For example, if I wanted to add a selection of pull down menus that the user could select from, and whatever they selected would narrow down the search. Or checkboxes, radio buttons etc.

Cheers,
Regan.
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Re: [ryel01] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
I think it is just a matter of editing the search templates and making sure the fields have the same name as the column.
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Re: [PaulWilson] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi Paul,

So no hacking of search scripts needed at all? I guess if it's in the form tags it will just get passed in with the submit to the search script?

Cheers,
regan.

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Re: [ryel01] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Yes, since the 1.1x version, (maybe before?) there was a way to use the column name a search field.

You can search the forums for some ideas on how to do it.

Basically it's adding a field to the template in the search box. No script changes should have to be made.

To use the drop down and select boxes, and such -- complex searches should work, as long as the form presents the data in the proper key=value pairs (input/value) format.

I'd have to defer to Alex on the specifics of it, since the search module is somewhat of a black box... search.cgi has progressively gotten smaller, and the search routines have gotten larger with each update :)

I'm still hoping to have some new "fresh" sites up and running this week.



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Re: [ryel01] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

No changes to code are required. You can call:

search.cgi?ColumnName=x

to search on a column. You can also use it to "filter" results. So if you do:

search.cgi?query=x&ColumnName=y

it will do a regular search on 'x', and then filter out only those results where ColumnName=y. A simple example would be:

search.cgi?query=cars&isCool=Yes

to only find cool links about cars.

Hope this helps,

Alex
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Re: [Alex] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

Well that's easy:). Ehm 1 question ...

If u do search.cgi?Title= (so it's empty) it will display all
records
. But what to change that at least 1 character must be given? (not protected with javascript:))....

Allready thanks.

Regards Startpoint.
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

You can change admin/Links/Search.pm line 46

if (defined $args->{$_} or defined $args->{$_ . '-lt'} or defined $args->{$_ . '-gt'}) {

to:

if ((defined $args->{$_} and length $args->{$_}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-lt"} and length $args->{"$_-lt"}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-gt"} and length $args->{"$_-gt"}))
{

Cheers,

Alex
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Re: [Alex] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi Alex,

U wrote:
You can change admin/Links/Search.pm line 46 ..

This must be line 48 (?) and admin/Links/User/Search.pm i quess?

At line 48 i have:
if (defined $args->{$_}) {

and i tried:
if (defined $args->{$_} and length $args->{$_}) {

But it still display all links if the search_field is empty?

Any ideas?

Regards Startpoint.
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

What are you passing into the search.cgi?

Cheers,

Alex
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Re: [Alex] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi Alex,

I do a search on Title....

Regards startpoint..
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
So going to

search.cgi?Title=

causes it to load all records? Hmm, that shouldn't happen if you made the change I described.

Cheers,

Alex
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Re: [Alex] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

Can u check your changes u described, because i hadn't that file in your location and the line nr. was also different. See my message above.

Allready thanks.

Regards startpoint.
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Re: [Alex] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi Alex,

U wrote:

if ((defined $args->{$_} and length $args->{$_}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-lt"} and length $args->{"$_-lt"}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-gt"} and length $args->{"$_-gt"}))
{

I quess it has to be:

if ((defined $args->{$_} and length $args->{$_}) and
(defined $args->{"$_-lt"} and length $args->{"$_-lt"}) and
(defined $args->{"$_-gt"} and length $args->{"$_-gt"}))
{

Right?



Somehow it still not 100% right because if i have arguments like:

example 1. search.cgi?query=&Link_ok=Tes

It will display a part of a page (so when query is empty)

and if i do:

example 2. search.cgi?query=aa&Link_ok=Tes

So when the query is 2 letters it will display "nothing has been found" but actually u have to enter min. 3 letters to do the real search.


U got any idea's how to solve it? What i want is that it display u have to enter min. 3 letters to do a search...


Cheers...

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startpoint: Jan 23, 2003, 3:12 AM
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

Well i think the code Alex provided with 'or' (instead of and) was ok, but because i use more than 1 argument it still pass with a empty search. So the code have to be a bit different.

1. Title must not be empty and bigger then 2 characters

2. I will use more arguments then 1.

When i only use Title=someting it works good i quess, but with more arguments the code isn't right...

I don't know the solution yet.



So basically i wanna do:

search.cgi?Title=mac&Link_ok=Yes&print=no&other=1

Then is will display records if it will be found, but with search:

search.cgi?Title=&Link_ok=Yes&print=no&other=1

so Title = empty (or < 3 characters) it must not display a record and it will display the search.html template...

Hope someone can help me with this.



Allready thanks.

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startpoint: Jan 23, 2003, 5:32 AM
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
If you Index Internal you would probably not find anything (is that what you want?)

Klaus

http://www.ameinfo.com
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Re: [klauslovgreen] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi Klaus,

Doesn't have anything to do with the index. It's just that there need to be a check it a searchfield is bigger then x characters else don't search.

But thanks for the reply.
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Right - but by indexing Internal you get just that min 3 chrs to make a search...

Might still not be what you want though

http://www.ameinfo.com
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Re: [klauslovgreen] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Hi,

Well basically is that what i want, the but i want to search on 1 field in the database not with query=...

Thanks again for your reply.
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Have you tried:

search.cgi?query=&Title=&Link_ok=Yes&print=no&other=1

http://www.ameinfo.com
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Re: [klauslovgreen] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
Lol that's a smart idea, but if query = empty it will still go to the other routine and still display all records. It didn't work.

I will now debug the code and try to figure it out.

Thanks again.
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Re: [startpoint] Adding New Search Fields? In reply to
I couldn't find a good solution so i hardcoded it in search.pm

if (length $args->{'Title'} > 2)
{
# Otherwise, if we pass in a field name, we can search on that too.
foreach (keys %{$db->cols}) {
if ((defined $args->{$_} and length $args->{$_}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-lt"} and length $args->{"$_-lt"}) or
(defined $args->{"$_-gt"} and length $args->{"$_-gt"}))
{
$IN->param('isValidated', ['Yes']);
return search();
}
}
}


Now it's working and because i don't use search atm for anything else it's ok. Not a nice way but ok.