Re: [greenstone-users] built library transportation across different computer system

From John R. McPherson
DateTue, 28 Mar 2006 14:53:34 +1200
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] built library transportation across different computer system
In-Reply-To (s42936c6-064-gwia1-unitec-ac-nz)
On Tue, Mar 28, 2006 at 01:14:31PM +1200, Rui Ren wrote:

> Just a quick question. Can the library built on Windows
> environment be transported to an alien environment, say Linux or
> solaris ?

If you mean 'can an indexed collection created on one OS be moved to a
greenstone server running on another OS', then the answer is
'sometimes'. The 'core' index of a collection (ie the mg/mgpp full
text/index files) are platform-independent, but unfortunately the GDBM
files used to store all the metadata can't be transfered from a 'big
endian' machine (like Sun SPARC, or PowerPC) to a 'little endian'
machine (like Intel). It's not the operating system that matters, but
the type of hardware. It's fine to go between linux and freebsd and
windows if both machines are Intel or AMD based, for example.

John McPherson