- (computing, informal) An Acorn Archimedes computer.
A corruption of archive. An Internet browser based on the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Archie enables the user to search for a file (exact name unknown) on a file server (name unknown) somewhere on the Internet. Archie servers contain directory listings of all such files, updated on a monthly basis through a process of polling file servers. Archie provides a user definable number of file hits, as well as file names, server names, and directory paths to access each listed file. Archie capabilities are limited to specific search strings, thereby providing little flexibility. Archie was first deployed in 1991 and currently is often integrated into Gopher or WWW clients and activated when the user accesses an Archie server. See also browser, client, FTP, Gopher, Internet, polling, server, string, and WWW.
A system for locating files stored on FTP servers.
See Also: File Transfer Protocol (FTP); Server.
(ARCHIvE) An earlier Unix utility that searched for file names on Internet FTP sites. Often touted as the first search engine, in its heyday before the Web, there were approximately 30 Archie servers throughout the Internet that maintained catalogs of files available for downloading from various FTP sites. Periodically, Archie servers searched the FTP sites and indexed the names of the files they found. As of 2013, a Polish university offered the last known Archie search (http://archie.icm.edu.pl/archie-adv_eng.html). See FTP. The Inventor of Archie Barbados born Alan Emtage developed Archie in 1989, named for Archive (without the "v"), when he was a student and systems administrator at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Within a couple months, half the Internet traffic in Canada was going through the first Archie server.