[greenstone-users] LOCAL LIBRARY SERVER

From Sam Wall
DateThu Apr 23 08:51:49 2009
Subject [greenstone-users] LOCAL LIBRARY SERVER
In reference to the Wiki section below, can the local library serve Greenstone over the Web? If so, is there a way to keep it from going offline as it does at times? I need to share a collection I've made but I don't really need a permanent server at this point. If it will work, I'll just need to know if there's a way to set it so it will not time out....



What is the difference between Greenstone's local library and web library?
Firstly, the local library is only available if you're running Greenstone under Windows. It's not yet available on Unix.
The major difference between the two is that the local library contains it's own built-in webserver. The web library however, requires an external webserver like Apache or Microsoft IIS. This makes the local library much easier to install and configure than the web library.
For this reason, it's recommended that Windows users install the local library unless they're sure that they need the web library. Even if you think you might need the web library, try installing the local library first. You can always uninstall it later and install the web library if you then decide you need it.
A situation where the web library may be preferable is if
you plan to serve your Greenstone collections as a full-time service on
the web. In this case you'll probably want the added stability that
running the web library in conjunction with an external webserver can
Please note that the local library is quite capable of serving Greenstone collections over a local area network or the web (despite its rather misleading name).

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