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FileWatcher

FileWatcher File Search

review by ClifNotes, Sept 2006, permalink

 

Sometimes you can really have a hard time finding an old program or image. This website scours the free FTP sites on the internet and catalogs everything it finds out there. The sheer volume and different kinds of files that people squirrel away on these servers is amazing. So, if you can't find it in Google, try FileWatcher.

 

 

Quote from the website

What Is FileWatcher?

 

FileWatcher is a ftp search engine which monitors more than 450 million files on more than 5,000 ftp servers. It allows you to search for files by specifying parts of the filename or other criteria.

How Does It Work?

 

A ftp spider is constantly scanning all ftp sites which are in FileWatcher's database. Once per day new or updated files found by the spider are included into the search index.

 

FileWatcher started in 1997 as a personal project of Oliver Maruhn in shape of a Linux community site. At that time it was known as "Linux FTP Watcher". With the help of partners and sponsors like Robert E. Blue, Jim Pick, and Penguin Computing the site kept on growing. Volunteers like Erwin Lemmers joined the team and helped maintaining the Linux Software Directory.

 

In 2002 the site had to go down because of technical reasons. It was relaunched in the beginning of 2003. In the meantime the search engine core has been partially rewritten and highly optimized. Today more than 450 million files are indexed.

 

http://www.filewatcher.com/