[greenstone-devel] Windows -compatible distribution that doesn't require playing withhosts file or using

From Daniel Paul O'Donnell
DateMon, 04 Jul 2005 18:56:15 -0600
Subject [greenstone-devel] Windows -compatible distribution that doesn't require playing withhosts file or using
I've search the archives and googled this issue. I know it is
relatively common, but am writing to this list in hopes that somebody
knows an elegant solution.
We are about to burn a Master CD for publication with a book that uses
Greenstone to provide search functionality. The intended audience is
medievalists with a computer, i.e. varying technical competence from 0.1
to 10.
We have two problems.
1) The first is with the use of IE as the default browser (the project
is very standards based and IE doesn't work as well as other browsers;
since we recommend against it in our system requirements, we don't want
Greenstone to load it as the standard browser. Is there a way of setting
up the install so that the local computer browser is the default choice?
Since there is a "default" choice in the File menu that appears on the
startup screen, it seems to me there must be a way of setting it so that
option is checked by default. We just can't figure out how to do it.

2) The second issue has to do with problems with how Greenstone installs
in Windows. On XP computers that are connected to networks and receive
dynamic IP addresses (at the least), Greenstone builds the wrong
address: computer_name.network_name instead of localhost. We've checked
the proxies are off following the information in the FAQ
(http://www.greenstone.org/cgi-bin/library?e=p-en-faq-utfZz-8&a=p&p=faqrun#18), and we can get the server running from or by editing /WINDOWS/drivers/etc/hosts. The issue is that we can't (necessarily) expect our final users to do this to their systems correctly. Most are going to expect the program to work out of the box.

Does anybody know a more elegant solution to this issue? I realise it is
quite common (e.g.
http://www.sadl.uleth.ca/nz/cgi-bin/library?e=q-000-00---0gsarch--00-0-0--0prompt-10---4----dtx--0-1l--1-en-50---20-about-127--00031-001-1-0utfZz-8-00&a=d&c=gsarch&cl=search&d=s028bb07.017-apps.niwi.knaw.nl )
but it looks to me like it is going to force us to drop an otherwise
quite useful adaptation of Greenstone. Does anybody have experience
distributing a project with Greenstone to a similar range of users? What
did you do about this problem? All solutions will be appreciated. We
need to fix this or drop Greenstone this week.
Dr. Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Associate Professor of English
Director, Digital Medievalist Project
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

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