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I'm looking for a way to let my students browse StackOverflow, Superuser and other StackExchange sites from within our inner network (internet connection is not an option).

I'm currently downloading StackExchange data dump, when the final target is to let my students open it inside our inner network using http://stackoverflow/ or similar.
(We did the same thing with wikipedia, and it worked wonderfully.)

Question is - How do I create a real mirror out of the dump? Is that even the right way to do this?
If it's not, is there a way to create a mirror of StackOverflow inside my inner network (other than using a spider/crawler to cache HTML pages)?

(Maybe the Data Explorer can help me read these XMLs somehow?)

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The data dump contains only public data. And you don't have an logic coming with it. –  juergen d Apr 19 '13 at 10:26
I see.. Do you know an easy way to cache and mirror SO? I think that would help not only me, but many other academic places that don't have direct internet connection –  Rely Apr 19 '13 at 10:32
You can't just copy a dynamic website like SO. You don't have access to the server side logic which is huge. –  juergen d Apr 19 '13 at 10:37
Point is, I don't even need the server side logic (posting comments, asking questions, earning badges etc.) - I just need the information in some readable format. On the other hand, I don't have the time nor the resources to write a view over the XML files - and a mirror would solve it pretty easily... –  Rely Apr 19 '13 at 10:39
This looks hopeful: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/708/… Found with the google query "stack exchange data dump viewer" (no qoutes) –  George Duckett Apr 19 '13 at 10:52

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I did a quick search and found something that looks like a good starting point:
StackExchange Data Dump Viewer - A Desktop Tool for Viewing the StackExchange Data Dumps

Found with the google query stack exchange data dump viewer

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

After having some research done, I found that amazing program called Stackdump.

I deployed it on my ubuntu, followed the README and ran it on diy.stackoverflow.com, it worked just as expected (had to fix a typo in the script - Comments.xml instead of comments.xml, etc.)

To whom of you that wants to deploy a web server for browsing StackExchange data offline - it seems like the perfect solution. You are more than welcome to ask me for any further instructions :)

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