[greenstone-users] User Queries: Loading collection on CD

From E Robinson
DateWed, 01 Nov 2006 14:10:53 +1300
Subject [greenstone-users] User Queries: Loading collection on CD
I have now completed the first version of my collection and circulated to a few users. One of them commented:

"I have loaded the Greenstone program and viewed a few documents.
My initial comments are:
  • My first attempt to load it into my program directory rather than the default greenstone directory failed with the program hanging my PC by refusing to be shut down.
  • The first time I used the product my firewall ? zone alarm ? asked for permission to access an IP address ? which I refused, causing the program to stop with a page not found error.  I gave permission on the second time and all was well. "
And a different comment about the html version of a document that had been converted using 'windows scripting' and as a result of Word styles was split into sections:  'I looked at one document which has two symbols for up and down which are very similar especially for the visually challenged.'

I will be sending a CD with the collection to about 150 people, and it will have with it a letter explaining what it is and how to load it onto their computer. I would appreciate assistance with what to say.

This user was using a PC with Windows XP Pro - I would expect most will be using Windows with at least XP. Is there something they need to do if they wish to load to a different directory than the default setup directory (which I think is C:Program FilesGreenstone)?

I don't think there is any way around a leap of faith that the Greenstone programmes are safe to load and don't carry trojans or viruses. Does anyone have suitable wording to cover the Firewall situation? (This user uses Zonealarm).

I may change the source documents to remove the formatting, but where would I find the two 'back and forwards' or 'up and down' symbols If I wanted to change them?

I am delighted to get the collections working. The first has 740 source Word format documents, with over 2.2million words, and takes about 4 hours to build with 5 indexes. The second has metadata only with about 1600 entries so far (I'm starting to collect information from about 15 other organisations, so I expect it to grow to about 30,000 entries eventually), and is much faster at present. Those who have seen it confirm that Greenstone is significantly better than just a CD containing the files!  Thanks to Michael, Katherine and others for answering my and others questions on the list to get me this far.

Ed Robinson