MediaWiki/Sphinx : setup a full text indexer
You certainly know and have used the default MediaWiki search. It’s quite good but it’s not an optimal search. I wanted to have better one for my wiki that’s why I added Google search some years ago.
I didn’t want to setup Apache Lucene or Apache Solar as both are in Java. I always heard good feedback about Sphinx, that’s why I decided to add it at work and to my wiki as well. As it was the first time I used this kind of software, I was happy to find an already made configuration for MediaWiki with the extension.
As it takes some time to properly install on Debian, I’ve made an how to install Sphinx for MediaWiki. I hope you’ll enjoy it as I do with my wiki today.