.TH GNUNET-SEARCH "1" "February 25, 2012" "0.9.6" "GNUnet"
gnunet\-search \- a command line interface to search for content on GNUnet
[\fIOPTIONS\fR] [+]\fIKEYWORD\fR [[+]\fIKEYWORD\fR]*
Search for content on GNUnet. The keywords are case\-sensitive.
gnunet\-search can be used both for a search in the global namespace
as well as for searching a private subspace.
\fB\-a \fILEVEL\fR, \fB\-\-anonymity=\fILEVEL\fR
The \fB\-a\fR option can be used to specify additional anonymity
constraints. If set to 0, GNUnet will try to download the file as fast
as possible, including using non-anonymous methods. If you set it to
1 (default), you use the standard anonymous routing algorithm (which
does not explicitly leak your identity). However, a powerful
adversary may still be able to perform traffic analysis (statistics)
to over time infer data about your identity. You can gain better
privacy by specifying a higher level of anonymity, which increases the
amount of cover traffic your own traffic will get, at the expense of
performance. Note that your download performance is not only
determined by your own anonymity level, but also by the anonymity
level of the peers publishing the file. So even if you download with
anonymity level 0, the peers publishing the data might be sharing with
a higher anonymity level, which in this case will determine
performance. Also, peers that cache content in the network always use
anonymity level 1.
This option can be used to limit requests further than that. In
particular, you can require GNUnet to receive certain amounts of
traffic from other peers before sending your queries. This way, you
can gain very high levels of anonymity \- at the expense of much more
traffic and much higher latency. So set it only if you really believe
you need it.
The definition of ANONYMITY\-RECEIVE is the following. 0 means no
anonymity is required. Otherwise a value of 'v' means that 1 out of v
bytes of "anonymous" traffic can be from the local user, leaving 'v-1'
bytes of cover traffic per byte on the wire. Thus, if GNUnet routes n
bytes of messages from foreign peers (using anonymous routing), it may
originate n/(v-1) bytes of queries in the same time\-period. The
time\-period is twice the average delay that GNUnet defers forwarded
The default is 1 and this should be fine for most users. Also notice
that if you choose very large values, you may end up having no
throughput at all, especially if many of your fellow GNUnet\-peers all
do the same.
\fB\-c \fIFILENAME\fR, \fB\-\-config=\fIFILENAME\fR
use config file (defaults: ~/.config/gnunet.conf)
print help page
\fB\-L \fILOGLEVEL\fR, \fB\-\-loglevel=\fILOGLEVEL\fR
Change the loglevel. Possible values for LOGLEVEL are
ERROR, WARNING, INFO and DEBUG.
\fB\-o \fIFILENAME\fR, \fB\-\-output=\fIFILENAME\fR
Writes a GNUnet directory containing all of the search results to FILENAME.
Only search locally, do not forward requests to other peers.
\fB\-N \fIVALUE\fR, \fB\-\-results=\fIVALUE\fR
automatically terminate the search after receiving VALUE results.
\fB\-t \fIDELAY\fR, \fB\-\-timeout=\fIDELAY\fR
Automatically timeout search after DELAY. The value given must be a
number followed by a space and a time unit, for example "500 ms".
Note that the quotes are required on the shell. Otherwise the search
runs until gnunet\-search is aborted with CTRL\-C.
print the version number
print meta data from search results as well
You can run gnunet\-search with an URI instead of a keyword. The URI
can have the format for a namespace search or for a keyword search.
For a namespace search, the format is
gnunet://fs/sks/NAMESPACE/IDENTIFIER. For a keyword search, use
gnunet://fs/ksk/KEYWORD[+KEYWORD]*. If the format does not correspond
to a GNUnet URI, GNUnet will automatically assume that keywords are
If multiple keywords are passed, gnunet-search will look for content
matching any of the keywords. The prefix "+" makes a keyword
# gnunet\-search "Das Kapital"
searches for content matching the keyword "Das Kapital". Whereas
# gnunet\-search +Das +Kapital
Searches for content matching both mandatory keywords "Das" and "Kapital".
Search results are printed by gnunet\-search like this:
gnunet\-download \-o "COPYING" gnunet://fs/chk/HASH1.HASH2.SIZE
Description: The GNU General Public License
The first line contains the command to run to download the file. The
suggested filename in the example is COPYING. The GNUnet URI consists
of the key and query hash of the file and finally the size of the
file. After the command to download the file GNUnet will print
meta\-data about the file as advertised in the search result, here
"The GNU General Public License" and the mime\-type (see the options
for gnunet\-publish on how to supply meta-data by hand).
GNUnet configuration file; specifies the default value for the timeout
.SH "REPORTING BUGS"
Report bugs to <https://bugs.gnunet.org/> or by sending electronic mail to <gnunet\-firstname.lastname@example.org>
.SH "SEE ALSO"
\fBgnunet\-fs\-gtk\fP(1), \fBgnunet\-publish\fP(1), \fBgnunet\-download\fP(1), \fBgnunet.conf\fP(5),
The full documentation for
is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the
programs are properly installed at your site, the command
.B info gnunet
should give you access to the complete handbook,
.B info gnunet-c-tutorial
will give you access to a tutorial for developers.
Depending on your installation, this information is also
\fBgnunet\fP(7) and \fBgnunet-c-tutorial\fP(7).