Techopedia Explains ArchieArchie was short for archiver, and that is what it did. It ran a script that gathered data from accessible FTP servers and created a database of all the files on publicly accessible FTP sites. This index could then be searched by users, resulting in a list of file matches and the FTP site where it could be found. Archie used regular expressions to handle its search queries.
Archie inspired later search programs called Veronica and Jughead, but none of these could index the content of a file – just the file name. Archie dwindled in importance as the Web expanded, bringing new competitors and new methods of search.
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