To allow popular Web browsers to easily interface with the Broker, we implemented a World Wide Web interface to the Broker's query manager and administrative interfaces. This WWW interface, which includes several HTML files and a few programs that use the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), consists of the following:
Users go through the following steps when using a Broker to locate information:
To provide a WWW-queryable interface, the Broker needs to run in conjunction with an HTTP server. Since installing an HTTP server can sometimes be difficult, you might also want to look at the list of Frequently Asked Questions on the subject. Section 3.5 describes how to configure your HTTP server to work with Harvest.
You can run the Broker on a different machine than your HTTP server runs on, but if you want users to be able to view the Broker's content summaries then the Broker's files will need to be accessible to your HTTP server. You can NFS mount those files or manually copy them over. You'll also need to change the Brokers.cf file to point to the host that is running the Broker.