As Greenstone and the GLI are increasingly used in a classroom
environment this type of functionality is becoming more and more
important. The good news is that we're working on it -- I've got the GLI
to the point where it doesn't write any files to its installation
directory (they are written to a user directory, usually on a network
drive). We just need to add a "-collectdir" option so all the collection
information is written to the user directory as well, and link it with
the "-collectdir" option of import.pl and buildcol.pl. Hopefully this
will make it into the next release.
The other option is that you install the GLI applet on a Linux server
that your students can access from their classroom computers. We have
done this here at Waikato for one of the courses and on the whole, it
worked reasonably well. It is only practical when you've got a high
speed network and only a couple of people building collections at once,
however. If you want to try this, instructions for installing the GLI
applet are available at
Cristina Ribeiro wrote:
> I am using Greenstone to support a course on digital libraries. My
> students run the GLI on a remote Windows machine (using "Remote
> Desktop" on their classroom computers), accessing other computers on
> the network, gathering files and building the collections. The results
> are stored on the remote machine and can be served from there.
> This configuration has one problem: the remote machine is an
> application server and is not appropriate as a file server: we do not
> get enough disk space and the collections go to a shared partition
> where somebody may inadvertently delete them...
> Our network has dedicated machines for Web serving, where the complete
> collections can be stored and served.
> Is it possible to configure the GLI to output its results to a
> different machine on the same local network?
> I could not tell from what I searched on the installation procedures,
> may be this situation is not common.
> Thanks for your help,
> Cristina Ribeiro
> FEUP- Faculdade de Engenharia- Universidade do Porto
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