Re: [greenstone-devel] Extra languages for 2.40

From Michael Dewsnip
DateMon, 21 Jul 2003 10:29:02 +1200
Subject Re: [greenstone-devel] Extra languages for 2.40
In-Reply-To (OFA926733D-24FBDE4C-ON69256D67-001E9AFE-69256D67-001E9B46-ntu-edu-au)
Hi Stephen,

The language packs are *very nearly* ready - my apologies for the long delay on these. At the time I announced the 2.40 release, the interface files had been gathered together, the Unix language pack had been completed, and all I had to do was make the Windows installer using InstallShield. Unfortunately, this turned out to be not quite as simple as I first thought, and it took me a while to work through InstallShield's quirks and bugs. When the installer had been finished, testing showed that (for some strange reason) it did not work under Windows XP. Eventually, this problem was tracked down to another bug in InstallShield.

Today's focus is on producing final versions of the Unix and Windows language packs, which (everything going well) will have one last bit of testing. They will then be released immediately.

So, the language packs will be ready in the next day or two (no, seriously this time!)...



PS If you are very keen to get the new interfaces, I can e-mail them to you. Also, remember that our CVS repository allows anonymous access, so you can always get the latest changes to the interfaces (and Greenstone too, if you're brave) as they are made. wrote:

Hi are the extra languages available for greenstone 2.40 yet?

We have copied the ones from our 2.39 collection; but we are keen to get the others;

we are especially interested oin the  Thai and japanese as we have students from there.

(and our czech is missing a 'Titles A-Z' button -but I may have missed it in the copy from 2.39)

!!Thanks to all the developers for a really great piece of software.!!



PS a greenstone ereserve trial is going live on monday here - unfortunately only available to students here.

PPS People often ask about access control with greenstone - we are using ezyproxy in this case.

Stephen De Gabrielle
Digitisation Officer
AraDA Project

Northern Territory University Library
Tel: (08) 8946 7009 from overseas: 61 8 8946 7009
Postal address: P.O.Box 41246, Casuarina, NT, 0811, Australia
CRICOS Provider No: 00300K

Iwona Rohoza
16/07/2003 02:44 PM

To: Stephen De Gabrielle/Casuarina/NTU@NTU
Subject: [greenstone-devel] Greenstone v2.40 released

----- Forwarded by Iwona Rohoza/Casuarina/NTU on 16/07/2003 02:43 PM -----

            Michael Dewsnip <>Sent by:
          02/07/2003 04:36 PM,[greenstone-devel] Greenstone v2.40 released

Hello everyone,

Greenstone v2.40 has been released, as is available for download from, or via the Greenstone
download page:

A big change in this release is the inclusion in the Windows download of
the "Greenstone Librarian Interface", a tool for collecting, expanding
and building digital libraries. It gives you access to Greenstone's
functionality from an easy-to-use 'point and click' interface. To use
this tool you will need a suitable Java Run-time Environment (version
1.4.0 or newer) - you can download one from . The Greenstone Librarian
Interface is also available for Unix systems, and can be obtained from
the Greenstone download area on (link above).

Another big change in this release is the inclusion of only English,
French, Spanish and Russian interfaces in the basic distributions. All
the other Greenstone interfaces (and there are a lot of them!! New since
the last release are Czech, Galician, Japanese and Thai) will be
available as a separate download in a day or two. There are three
advantages to moving these into their own package:
- The standard downloads are smaller (by about 2MB), and many of you
will not get interfaces that you don't use.
- Greenstone uses less memory, and runs a tiny bit faster, since it
doesn't have to load as many interfaces.
- New interfaces, and updates to existing interfaces, can be made
available to you much more quickly.

Other important changes and additions since the last release:

- A new plugin for importing data from perl's DBI interface (eg. mySQL,
postgres, MS ODBC, Sybase, Excel...).
- A new plugin for parsing records downloaded from an open archives
initiate (OAI) server.
- Improvements to MGPP configuration, and a new MGPP user's guide.
- Updates to and to display more information,
and in a standard way.
- Many bug fixes and other improvements...

All the best,

Michael Dewsnip

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