[greenstone-users] How to upload a greenstone collection?

From Vladimir Risojevic
DateWed Feb 13 00:30:14 2008
Subject [greenstone-users] How to upload a greenstone collection?
In-Reply-To (BAY128-DAV3B9A4192FC6D3963CA954B62B0-phx-gbl)
This time the answer is unfortunatelly no. You need permissions to
execute CGI programs on the server in order to run a Greenstone digital
collection. CGI (Common Gateway Interface) is a method which server uses
to execute programs that dinamically generate contents. It is necessary
to configure server to recognize a program as callable through CGI or
else it will not be possible to run it, although you have set execute
permissions for it.
I realize the importance of this problem but the only way to solve it is
to find a provider willing to let you to run CGI programs. Greenstone is
regularly maintained open source software and it seems that it is not a
bigger threat to server security than any other similar software.
Moreover, nowadays providers have different options of setting up
virtual servers and reduce the security risks. Try to talk to some of
the administrators and find out is there a way to reach an agreement on
this issue.

Best regards,


Rajan wrote:
> Dear Mr Vladimir,
> Thank you very much for the input which answered my question
> partially on one aspect fully.
> The other aspect I want to know is that, if I copy the whole contents
> of the /exported collection/ folder( in /tmp/) to the web server ( say
> /htdocs /folder) and provide a link to the *server.exe* from the
> *index.html* ( the homepage of the site), will it work, if database
> execution permission is there?
> This question is important to many who don't have access to full
> webserver or cannot upload greenstone in the site. Many providers do
> not allow us to upload any application program. In such cases, what is
> the solution ?
> Best Regards,
> K Rajasekharan
> Librarian, Kerala Institute of Local Administration(KILA)
> Mulagunnathukavu, Thrissur - 680581 , India
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Vladimir Risojevic <mailto:vlado@etfbl.net>
> *To:* greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz
> <mailto:greenstone-users@list.scms.waikato.ac.nz>
> *Cc:* rajankila@hotmail.com <mailto:rajankila@hotmail.com>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 12, 2008 2:24 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [greenstone-users] How to upload a greenstone
> collection?
> Dear Rajasekharan,
> Actually, you can upload the exported files from tmp folder to the
> website. That is exactly what we are doing for updating our digital
> collections (the link is http://nubrs.rs.ba/dl/ but it is in Cyrillic
> script). We installed Greenstone on our webserver and configured
> everything as described in the Installation guide. Then we export the
> collection for the creation of a CD, and copy the files from the tmp
> folder to the corresponding folder on the server. As a minimum you
> should copy the collect/<your-collection-name> to the folder with the
> same name on your server installation. If you have any
> customization at
> the collection level than you should copy the contents of your
> images/
> and macros/ folders.
> Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any further
> questions.
> Regards,
> Vladimir
> --
> Vladimir Risojevic
> Teaching Assistant,Faculty of Electrical Engineering
> University of Banjaluka,Patre 5,78000
> Banjaluka
> Bosnia and Herzegovina
> Email: vlado@etfbl.net <mailto:vlado@etfbl.net>
> WWW: http://www.etfbl.net

Vladimir Risojevic
Teaching Assistant
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
University of Banjaluka
Patre 5
78000 Banjaluka
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Phone: +387 51 221 847, +387 51 221 876
Fax: +387 51 211 408
Email: vlado@etfbl.net
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