CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Derived from the word archive, Archie is a system for finding files on the Internet, in fact, it was the first Internet search engine. Archie gathers and indexes information anywhere on the Internet. Developed at Canada's McGill University, Archie started out as an indexed directory of files from archives. Archie regularly checks remote public archives and automatically downloads directory listings of files, which it then indexes. You can access Archie via Telnet or Web interfaces. However, it is seldom used today; it's quite slow and tends to return ungainly search results.
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