Re: [greenstone-users] Windows XP and local address problem

From Jonathan Tremblay
DateMon, 04 Jul 2005 20:45:19 -0500
Subject Re: [greenstone-users] Windows XP and local address problem
Hi Michael,

I would like to know if you have any idea about what settings or configuration is at the source of the problem.

> Hopefully I'll have time to do implement this option soon, and I'll let
> you know once I have done so.

That's good news, thanks Michael.

I don’t want to be annoying... but I have a loot of pressure about this particular problem: our project should be completed next week, everything else is done, and we are in the final validation tour...

Can you give us an evaluation of when you could work on that localhost implementation? (Are we talking about hours, days, months?)

Thanks again.

Jonathan Tremblay


----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Dewsnip" <mdewsnip@cs.waikato.ac.nz>
To: "Jonathan Tremblay" <jonathan@piccolo.net>, paul.yachnes@naa.org
Subject: Re: [greenstone-users] Windows XP and local address problem
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2005 14:01:37 +1200

>
> Hi Jonathan, Paul,
>
> Both your questions deal with the same issue so I'll answer them
> together here.
>
> You're right that there is a problem here, although we've never
> experienced it very frequently (it sounds like your mileage has varied).
> I think the best way to deal with it is to have an option to the Local
> Library server to use "localhost" or "127.0.0.1", instead of trying to
> work out the computer's network address "intelligently".
>
> The disadvantage of this is that it is harder for someone else on your
> network to access your Greenstone server, since they can't just use the
> same URL as you. However I imagine that this feature isn't often used,
> especially not for exported collections.
>
> Hopefully I'll have time to do implement this option soon, and I'll let
> you know once I have done so.
>
> All the best,
>
> Michael
>
>
>
> Jonathan Tremblay wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > Some of my users/testers are not able to load the first page when they start
> > the local server.
> >
> > There's an entry in the FAQ about proxy and localhost problems:
> > http://www.greenstone.org/cgi-bin/library?e=p-en-faq-utfZz-8&a=p&p=faqrun#18
> > They don't use any proxy server. They are using laptops under Windows XP
> > SP2. The firewall is not the problem.
> >
> > The local address resolution doesn't seam to work. The default address which
> > appears in the browser is the machine name WITH the domain name (ex.
> > p225545464.aidslaw.ca) and that cannot be resolved. Either of those
> > solutions will work: a) type http://127.0.0.1/gsdl (or
> > http://localhost/gsdl) manually in the web browser
> > b) edit the hosts file in c:windowssystem32driversetchosts to convert
> > the address to 127.0.0.1
> >
> > I got that situation on the computers of two of my ten testers. And I feel
> > like it's not only a "bad network config" that can be treated as a minor
> > problem. I'm afraid that 2000 of my 10000 final users will get the same one!
> > I cannot ask those people to type an address manually and I cannot ask them
> > to edit the hosts file (which is not always present... and cannot be edited
> > unless the user is an admin).
> >
> > By the way I also tried the Netscape "Restricted version"... but discovered
> > that it doesn't work on (almost all) Windows XP computers...
> >
> > I would like to specify to the server to use 127.0.0.1 as the address... But
> > it doesn't look possible. I did try to edit the url in gsdlsite... but that
> > parameter is not used by the server (then, why is it there?)
> >
> > What else can I do? Would I be able to change the address by recompiling the
> > source code? I was not planning on that...
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Jonathan Tremblay
> >
> > Another link about the same problem:
> > http://puka.cs.waikato.ac.nz/cgi-bin/library?e=q-000-00---0gsarch--00-0-0--0prompt-10---4----dtx--0-1l--1-en-50---20-about-127+local--00031-001-0-0utfZz-8-00&a=d&c=gsarch&cl=search&d=20040210190638.GB1397-wesson.cs.waikato.ac.nz
> >
> >
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