Forum OpenACS Q&A: Message-view page in OpenACS - for site-wide search

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I need to construct a message-view page for site-wide search. So I get passed in a message_id of a new message and I need to pull together all related messages.

Can some shed light on how this can be done? Has someone even solved the problem?

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Posted by Dirk Gomez on

Hmm, trying to explain my problem a bit more verbosely, maybe someone can help them.

For Intermedia site-wide search I need to define a procedure that indexes certain content. I want the messages of one thread to be searchable under the object_id/message_id of the very first message in the thread.

So if a user posts a new message, that new content needs to be put into the side-wide index. If it's a new message that is relatively straight forward. If it is an answer to a posting, I need to find out all related messages. There's parent_id, message_id, and tree_sortkey in forums_messages and all of them look like candidates in trying to pull together all related messages. However I cannot yet really make sense of how they interrelate.

Especially confusing is that I cannot find any "connect by" in the forums package.

The good news is: I don't need to put the message puzzle together properly or in order, all I need is all the text that makes up a complete thread.

(Oh, current site-wide search still sits on bboard :-()

I've never used it, but my understanding is the tree_sortkey is the "connect by" (and more).

In the Forums packge, I think OpenForce decided to use the (more powerful, more general?) tree_sortkey style (originally invented for OpenACS on PostgreSQL) for both Postgres and Oracle, rather than using connecty by on Oracle. At least, I think I vaguely recall someone (Don?) saying that on the BBoards here.