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Greenstone FAQ

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General Information

  • What is Greenstone?
  • How is Greenstone licensed?
  • What platforms will Greenstone run on?
  • Are there any mailing lists concerned with Greenstone?
  • Are the mailing lists archived anywhere?
  • How do I contribute to Greenstone?

Obtaining Greenstone

  • Where do I get Greenstone from?
  • Are there binary distributions of Greenstone available?
  • Is Greenstone available on CD-ROM?
  • Is the Greenstone source code available via CVS?

Installing Greenstone

  • How do I compile Greenstone from a source or CVS distribution?
  • What is the difference between Greenstone's local library and web library?
  • How do I use Greenstone's web library with IIS?
  • How do I install the Greenstone Librarian Interface as an applet?

Running Greenstone

  • OK, I've installed Greenstone. Now how do I make it go?
  • What web browser do I need to view Greenstone collections?
  • When I start the Windows local library there are two buttons in the dialog box, "Enter Library" and "Restricted Version". They both seem to do the same thing, what's the difference?
  • So when should I use the "Restricted Version" of the local library?
  • When I start the Windows local library my computer asks me to dial up my Internet Service Provider. Do I really need to be online to run Greenstone?
  • I'm trying to use the Windows local library. My web browser is starting up as expected but the Greenstone home page never gets loaded or gives an error message. What's wrong?
  • Where can I get more Greenstone collections?
  • When I attempt to access certain parts of Greenstone I'm asked for a username and password. What do I enter?
  • When I use the large query box function I occassionally get a Not Found error.
  • How do I get usage information for my library?

Building Greenstone Collections

  • What is the "Greenstone Librarian Interface"?
  • What is "the Collector"?
  • How do I build a collection from the command line or DOS prompt?
  • I built a new Greenstone collection on my Windows machine. Everything appeared to work fine while building, however when I tried to view the collection some of the documents contained no text. Sometimes Greenstone appeared to crash completely. What have I done wrong?
  • Why won't the Collector's "export to CD-ROM" function work?
  • I'm trying to use the Collector on Windows 2000 but it's running extremely slowly. Is this normal?
  • What is "the Organizer"?
  • Where do I get the Organizer?
  • I'm attempting to build a collection with the collector but it keeps failing with an error. What am I doing wrong?
  • What options are available for the collect.cfg file?
  • Where can I find some example collect.cfg configuration files?
  • How can I build my collection using MGPP?
  • How do I fix XML::Parser errors during import.pl?
  • Are there any limits to the size of collections?
  • How do I enter non-English metadata in GLI?
  • How do I change the search results order?
  • What's the difference between MG, MGPP and Lucene?
  • How do I build my collection incrementally?
  • Can I build collections using the Librarian Interface on a remote server?

More About Plugins

  • Does Greenstone have a plugin for my data format?
  • What metadata is available for each plugin?
  • I'm having problems with my PDF files! What's wrong?
  • How do I use UnknownPlug to handle my new format?
  • How do I get my CDS/ISIS database into Greenstone?
  • How do I get my XML files into Greenstone?
  • How do I use DBPlug?
  • How do I build collections of documents with images and OCR text (PagedImgPlug)?

More About Classifiers

  • I've added a new type of classification to my collection.
    • How do I create and add the navigation bar images (2.62 and earlier)?
    • How do I translate the navigation bar labels (2.71 and later)?
  • How can I do Unicode collation for my classifier?

Customizing your Collection

  • How can I customize the appearance of my Greenstone collection?
  • What are the formatting options available for my collection?
  • How can I hyperlink individual metadata elements?
  • How can I hide the dummy text "This document has no text"?
  • How do I suppress the link to the Greenstone text version of a document?
  • How do I add cover images for my documents?
  • How do I link to other sections of my document?
  • How do I link to the next or previous search result in a document page?
  • How do I search multiple collections at the same time?

Customizing Your Greenstone Library

  • How do I change the logo on the front page of my library ("greenstone digital library software")?
  • Where can I get more information about customizing my Greenstone library?
  • How can I add a new page to my Greenstone library?
  • What do the cgi arguments used by library stand for?
  • How do I change the default settings of the cgi arguments?
  • How do I get rid of the external link page?

Greenstone interoperability

  • Does Greenstone support z3950?
  • Does Greenstone support OAI?
  • How do I use DSpace with Greenstone?
  • How do I use the Greenstone Corba interface?
  • How do I use METS with Greenstone?

User Contributed Information

Registered users may enter their own FAQ entries in this section. This page is not monitored or edited by Greenstone staff.

  • How to use the filter_text() function to handle diacritics
  • How to build CD/DVD-ROMs from collections for redistribution
  • How to integrate Greenstone collections into LOCKSS systems
  • Moving data into and out of METS formated data
  • Documentation for creating media streaming video library in Greenstone
  • E-commerce and Greenstone, monetizing library and archive collections

Export the GSDL collections to CD/DVD

GSDL collections can be exported and write into a CD/DVD. The exported collections have a GSDL library included and can be running indepently on windows computers only.

Go to the GLI, choose File-Write CD/DVD image from the menu. The window "Write CD/DVD image" will pop up and requrie you to fill in some information.

Out put collections

  • CD/DVD name (Give a name of the CD/DVD) for example: myCollects
  • Two options for launching the library. The default option is "CD/DVD will install some files when used (faster)"
  • All avaliable collections are listed in the "Avaliable collections". Choose the collections output by click the name. Once a collection is selected, the general information of the collection is displayed in the "Selected collection's detail"
  • The estimated size of selected collections in total can be seen near the end of the window
  • Click button "Write CD/DVD image" to finish the collections output.
  • The output collections exits at GSDLhome/tmp/myCollects

Running exported collections on Windows

GSDLhome/tmp/myCollects/Setup.exe (if neccessary, install some files to speed up the launch process)

GSDLhome/tmp/myCollects/gsdl/server.exe (directly enter into the library)

Write into a CD/DVD

Start a CD/DVD recorde software, add the myCollects folder into the CD/DVD, then click the button of creating CD/DVD.

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