Re: tech report collection

From Stefan Boddie
DateTue, 9 Apr 2002 09:39:00 +1200
Subject Re: tech report collection
In-Reply-To (019301c1de80$40d7a8e0$0101c80a-iggy)
Hi Guy,

> Hi all, I'm back to trying greenstone again after a long break from it.
> Last time was on Windows, this time on Linux and things are very
> much smoother. I guess linux comes with much more of the needed software
> pre-installed.
> So far I've had great results creating a collection indexing postscript
and
> pdf's.
> One thing I had to do manually and which might have been mentioned in the
> documentation is changing the scripts to make use of the wonderful
prescript
> program.
> So far my collection is very basic, I was wondering if the config files
> and plugins for the cs tech report collection at nzdl.org are available?
> My needs are pretty much identical to what that collection offers - I'm
> indexing cs papers and tech reports on a specific subject - so they'd be
> very useful.

Um, unfortunately the cstr collection is a bit of a mess right now. It
doesn't use the standard Greenstone receptionist but has it's own, slightly
modified cstrlibrary receptionist. It's also been quite some time (over a
year) since it was last compiled.

So, I'm happy to provide you with the modified cstr receptionist code,
plugins and config files. I'd be very surprised if it compiled or built
without a bit of tweaking though (just how much I'm not sure). If you're
still keen, let me know and I'll send it to you. I'll assist where I can in
getting it working for you but don't really have time to do it myself right
now.

Alternatively, you might be able to get similar results using the standard
code and fiddling with format strings. If you post to the list exactly which
features of cstr you're trying to reproduce you might get some bright ideas.

> Another related question is how do people go about updating the
> collection - I'll be adding new papers and reports daily - is there
> a way to update the collection without rebuilding everything? I didnt
> see this mentioned in the (very nice and useful) Developer.pdf document.
>

You have to rebuild everything I'm afraid (this is a limitation of the MG
search engine underlying Greenstone). Many people run a cron job to rebuild
their collections each night.

regards,
Stefan.