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Opengrok vs Bit Bucket Elastic Search

John Lawlor
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Jun 15, 2017

We are using Opengrok and more recently Bit Bucket Elastic Search. Elastic Search seems to be the emerging search technology. However, I think Opengrok is far better. The main advantage I see is that it marks up the results. You can click on any variable/class/method in the results, just like you would in an IDE.

They both have cryptic search syntax, that I can live with.

There is quite a bit of back end work to keep Opengrok running - jenkins jobs to run indexing etc. We would like to have just one search tool... but for the moment Opengrok is simply better.

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Hyperlinking within the UI between files would be great.  

+1 for improving BitBucket search to be as good as Opengrok.
In OpenGrok you can:
- search syntax allows more complex queries, which allows to have less false positive search results, if you search for something special
- search only for symbols definitions
- latest version has good words suggester
- etc.

BTW Hypelinks from Opengrok to Bitbucket are easy to add using 'header_include' file in Opengrok.
Put below javascript into 'header_include' file and configure Opengrok to use it.

<script type="text/javascript">

// add link to bitbucket in header bar
document.pageReady.push(function() {
// parse paths from url
TODO var i = /[/]xref[/]([^-]+)-([^/]+)[/](.*)/.exec(window.location.pathname); // TODO adjust regex to your directory projects names in Opengrok

if(i) {
i = { project:i[1], repo:i[2], path:i[3] };
// create bb link
var bbLink = ""+i.project+"/repos/"+i.repo+"/browse/"+i.path+""+window.location.hash+"";
// add button
$("div[id='bar'] ul").prepend("<li><a id='bblink' href='"+bbLink+"'>Show on Bitbucket</a> | </li>");

// add link to bitbucket in search results
document.pageReady.push(function() {
// attach to download links
$(" tr td.q a[title='Download']").after(function(a) {
// parse paths from url
TODO var i = /[/]download[/]([^-]+)-([^/]+)[/](.*)/.exec(this.href); // TODO adjust regex to your directory projects names in Opengrok

i = { project:i[1], repo:i[2], path:i[3] };
var lines = $(this).parent().parent().find('span.l').toArray().map(function(x) { return x.innerText;}).join(',');
var bbLink = ""+i.project+"/repos/"+i.repo+"/browse/"+i.path+"#"+lines+"";
return "<a title='Show on BitBucket' rel='noreferrer' href='"+bbLink+"'> BitBucket</a>";



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