The Greenstone 3 manual is available online at
From now on, we are focusing on Greenstone 3 developing, meanwhile we
will continue to fix bugs reported for Greenstone 2.
ruben pandolfi wrote:
> Congratulations guys,
> you are doing a great job!
> It took me some time to learn Greenstone 2 but looks like it's time
> now to have a go with GSDL 3, is there any documentation on
> wiki/manuals online?
> Are you still devloping greenstone 2 at the same time?
> firstname.lastname@example.org ha scritto:
>> Hi everyone,
>> We are pleased to announce that Windows, GNU/Linux, and
>> Source distributions of Greenstone 3.02
>> are now available for download from our sourceforge page:
>> This is a unstable release.
>> Release notes are copied below.
>> As always, please report any problems or bugs to the mailing list.
>> On behalf of the Greenstone team.
>> New Windows, GNU/Linux, and Source distributions available:
>> Greenstone3 v3.02
>> The Windows, GNU/Linux and Source distributions of Greenstone v3.02
>> are now
>> available for download from our sourceforge page:
>> Greenstone3 is a redesign and reimplementation of the Greenstone digital
>> library software. The original Greenstone project (Greenstone2) is a
>> complete digital library creation, management, and distribution package
>> created and distributed by the New Zealand Digital Library Project. This
>> is available from sourceforge at
>> Greenstone3 aims to improve the flexibility, modularity and
>> extensibility of
>> the Greenstone2 runtime system. It is written in Java, and runs as a
>> servlet. It consists of a network of modules communicating with XML.
>> Greenstone3 retains the Greenstone2 collection building system.
>> The binary distributions now consist of self-installing InstallShield
>> Download and run to install. Ant is still used for running and
>> Greenstone3. This comes bundled in the distribution.
>> Major changes for the Greenstone3 runtime (compared to v3.01) are listed
>> Following that is a summary of changes to the collection building
>> (compared to Greenstone2 version 2.72).
>> Runtime changes:
>> * Much more use of CSS in the interface.
>> * No Greenstone3 java based collection building. Only uses
>> Greenstone2 style
>> Perl + GLI collection building. So no need for mysql anymore.
>> * SOAP service deployment not done by default anymore. Doesn't
>> require source
>> * Now uses customisable text for field and level names in searching
>> * New server program - run this from Windows start menu or gs3-server.sh
>> script. This will launch Tomcat and a browser. Can use it to restart
>> change the port etc. Meant to feel similar to using the local library in
>> * Greenstone2->Greenstone3 collection config file conversion has been
>> Hopefully will do a much better job.
>> * Now has the same public/private collection distinction that
>> * Now works with standard Greenstone2 Lucene collections.
>> * Error and info messages now output using log4j rather than System.out.
>> This means you can see the logs even after a Tomcat crash on Windows.
>> are found in web/logs. greenstone3.log is a general log, while
>> usage.log is
>> just usage information.
>> * Berry basket functionality added. In interfaceConfig.xml, set the
>> berryBaskets option to true.
>> * Some extra functionality moved out of core greenstone into extensions:
>> alerting service, vishnu visualisation, greenstone3 java collection
>> Eventually we'll have a nice mechanismm for installing extensions.
>> * Added in a basic cross collection search service. and a quick
>> search box on
>> the home page, which will search over all collections.
>> Collection building changes:
>> Greenstone v3.02 uses Greenstone2 collection building and GLI. This
>> uses version 2.72 code with the following changes (note, these
>> changes will
>> also be available in the next Greenstone2 release):
>> * New classifier: RecentDocumentsList. Can be used to build a list of
>> added/modified documents in the collection. Uses lastmodified metadata.
>> * New option to GenericList: sort_using_unicode_collation, which sorts e
>> next to e.
>> * Some of the GLI functionality is disabled for Greenstone 3, for
>> exporting to CDROM.
>> * Metadata editing in GLI has been speeded up.
>> * Disabling of GLI value trees. In normal mode, when a collection is
>> all the metadata.xml files are skimmed to generate a list of metadata
>> names, and the previous values trees for each element. This can be
>> slow for
>> collections with a lot of metadata. We have added a switch to disable
>> making opening a collection much faster. In this mode, the value
>> trees will
>> not be available, and the list of metadata elements (in index and format
>> may be incomplete. It is only useful for collections with very large
>> of metadata, for example, large exploded CDS/ISIS databases.
>> To put a collection in this mode, you need to make sure it is not
>> open in
>> then edit the collect/<collname>/<collname>.col file and add
>> <Argument name="skimfile">false</Argument>
>> to the list of Arguments.
>> * GEMS now works with Greenstone 3
>> * MG, MGPP and Lucene have been removed from the main Greenstone CVS
>> and put into a separate package: indexers, so they can be easily shared
>> between Greenstone2 and Greenstone3.
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