Step 3 for Windows PubCrawler:
Automating your searches.

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Automating your searches

When you have completed Steps A and B 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 task scheduler by clicking on

Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Scheduled Tasks

2. Follow the instructions to add or create a new task:

  • Select the Perl-executable (perl.exe), type in a name for the task and choose time and day of start - please make use of NCBI's off peak hours (1am to 1pm GMT).
  • Open the advanced properties and edit the Run:-line by adding the name of the script and any command line options. In the end it might look something like the following:

  • Run: C:\perl\bin\perl.exe C:\pubcrawler\pubcrawl.exe -d C:\pubcrawler\
  • You might also consider entering the working directory for PubCrawler in the Start in:-line:

  • Start in: C:\pubcrawler


    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 pubcrawl.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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