Step 3 for Macintosh PubCrawler:
Automating your searches.

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Automating your searches

When you have completed Steps ONE and TWO and you have made a search strategy of your own, you should set it up to run daily.  Each day, PubCrawler will compare the new search results to the results from the previous day, and put the new entries onto the results Web page for you to peruse.

1.  Open the MacPubCrawler folder. Edit the pubcrawler.config file and change the line (near the top) that says "prompt 1" to become "prompt 0".  This gets rid of the "command-line" box that pops up when you run PubCrawler. Note: The program cannot run automatically until you make this change.

2.  Make an alias of the pubcrawler icon and place it in the Cron folder (which is in the Applications folder).  The alias will be called "pubcrawler alias".

3.  Edit the "crontab" file in the Cron folder to specify the time/days to run pubcrawler.
For example, if you put this line in crontab: 10 07 * * 1-5 nobody "pubcrawler alias", the alias which you just made would be started up at 07:10 hours every weekday  (Monday to Friday = days 1-5 of the week). The word "nobody" is essential to make Cron work. Please make use of NCBI's off peak hours (1am to 1pm GMT = 8pm to 8am EST).

For power users....

PubCrawler provides many ways to customize the output.

You can change....

The number of days each document is listed (default: 10)
The number of documents to display per page (default: 20)
The maximum age of documents to consider retrieving (default: 100 days)
The name of the output file, and its location  (default: pubcrawler_output.html)
.... and many others.
These options are all specified in the pubcrawler.config file.  You can also specify Web proxy information, and make use of additional network checking features.  Full details are given in the pubcrawler.config file and on the Technical Description page.

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