Greenstone website updated

kjdon. Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The Greenstone website www.greenstone.org has been updated and simplified. The updated version is also now available in the GTI (Greenstone Translation Interface) for translation.

Greenstone 3.07 release candidate out (03 Aug 2015)

ak19. Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Hello all,

The GS3.07 release candidate 1 (3.07 rc1) was released on 03 Aug 2015 and can be downloaded from the snapshots page. There have been quite a few changes and improvements. These have been documented in the release notes.

The 3.07 rc1 binaries available are for Windows, Linux (32 and 64 bit) and Mac (Snow) Leopard and (Mountain) Lion. The Mountain Lion release can be used with some modification on Mac Maverick and Yosemite machines.

We’re still working on the final, official release of 3.07. It will include a Java Runtime Environment with the Mac Lion release so that this can be run on later releases of the Mac OS that do not include Java like Yosemite, without Greenstone Mac users having to download Java. In all we’d like to make the experience for Mac Maverick and Yosemite users much smoother than it’s been so far.

In the meantime, we would like to continue to encourage Greenstone users to try out the current 3.07 rc1 release and report back their experiences, in particular any bugs or issues they detected.

We’ll keep you posted about the upcoming 3.07 release.

Greenstone sourceforge projects merged

kjdon. Monday, June 15th, 2015

I have tidied up the greenstone project on sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenstone/.

The Greenstone3 project has been merged into the main Greenstone project, and Greenstone3 binaries are now the default downloads.  To download Greenstone2 binaries, click “BrowseAll Files” and navigate to the binaries you want.

Note, for now I have left the Greenstone3 project in place, but it will eventually be deleted.

Greenstone 3.06 release out now

ak19. Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Hello all!

On 6 Nov we released the final binaries of Greenstone 3.06. There are binaries available for the following operating systems:

  • Windows,
  • Linux 32-bit and 64-bit machines and
  • Mac OS Leopard, for Leopards and Snow Leopards
  • Mac OS Mountain Lion for Mountain Lion, Maverick (and possibly the older Lion, but untested on there)

For those who want to compile 3.06 up from source, there is the 3.06 “source distribution” package.
Those who have installed the binary and who eventually want to recompile can top up their binary installation with the 3.06 “source component”.

You can get the binary for your operating system from the Greenstone 3 home page’s Download section at

http://www.greenstone.org/greenstone3-home

The source component and source distribution zip files are available from the same page as well.

The 3.06 Release Notes are at

http://wiki.greenstone.org/doku.php?id=en:release:3.06_release_notes

These contain instructions on how to install the binaries, or compile with the source distribution or source component for your operating system, as well as information on the basic of use Greenstone and its new features. The release notes may get modified and expanded over time, as questions appear.

For those who want to follow along with the Greenstone 3 tutorials, these are at

http://wiki.greenstone.org/doku.php?id=en:tutorials

Make sure to select the “Greenstone 3” tab.

An example of the kind of interfaces now possible with Greenstone 3 can be viewed at

http://www.music-ir.org/gc14ux-ex/thankyou-library/collection/basic-implementation/page/about

If you’re wondering about how to port Greenstone 2 collections from Greenstone 3, then have a look at the page

http://wiki.greenstone.org/doku.php?id=en:user:gs2_to_gs3

It explains the use of the new Format Conversion Wizard that’s now part of Greenstone 3.06’s GLI and which automates some of the conversion process, while allowing you to interactively modify its suggested Greenstone 3 format statements. Therefore, copy a Greenstone 2 collection into your Greenstone 3.06 installation’s web/sites/localsite/collect/ folder, open it in 3.06 GLI and try out the Format Conversion Wizard.

If you discover bugs or encounter any issues, join the mailing list at greenstone-users @ list.waikato.ac.nz and drop us a message, and we’ll try to get it fixed.

Greenstone updates

ak19. Friday, May 9th, 2014

It’s been a very long period since we blogged our progress. Rest assured we’ve been working hard to improve Greenstone 2 and 3, and it’s only the blogging about it that fell by the wayside. Here’s some of the things that I’ve been working on in the last few months:

  • Securing Greenstone 2 pages: this involved significant changes to both the code and the macros files
  • Updating the GTI Greenstone installation. Owing to the security changes for Greenstone 2, the Greenstone Translation Interface on nzdl needed to have the latest Greenstone2 to work again
  • Fixing up a Remote Greenstone 3 authentication issue
  • The FormatConversion wizard dialog. This completes the process of opening a Greenstone 2 collection in Greenstone 3. The format conversion dialog automatically generates Greenstone 3 equivalents for Greenstone 2 format statements behind-the-scenes, before presenting these to you. You can then interact with the wizard to improve any of the Greenstone 3 format statements that have been generated.

Sam’s Greenstone Blog 25/5/2012

admin. Friday, May 25th, 2012

This week we’ve been hard at work testing Greenstone 3. We’ve managed to discover a few bugs and have fixed several of them already. While we’re at it we’ve also added horizontal classifiers into Greenstone 3 (frequent Greenstone 2 users may find this a very welcome addition). A horizontal classifier has the top level of the classifier (e.g. ‘A’ ‘B-C’ ‘D-F’ etc.) displayed in a row along the top of the browsing area instead of vertically down the page.

There’s not much more to report about my week as it has mostly involved testing and bug fixing, which is not particularly interesting to write about.

Sam’s Greenstone Blog 18/5/2012

admin. Friday, May 18th, 2012

This week I have been testing and have fixed several minor bugs in Greenstone 3. I have also started working on a new feature (to be included in 3.06 most likely), which will theoretically allow much more advanced collection editing than what we’ve ever had before. At the moment a single page in a collection can be made up of many different files and if you want to edit something then you have to know which file it came from. For example, the basic file used for a document view is document.xsl (stored in the interfaces directory), but if someone wants to modify part of it then they could add their own template to their collectionConfig.xml file or they could create their own interface file and put it into the transform directory of their collection. This new feature will keep track of what file each change has come from and (probably) allow you to edit the file via your web browser.

While I am working on this feature Anu will be taking over testing for the release.

Sam’s Greenstone Blog 14/5/2012

admin. Monday, May 14th, 2012

Sorry that I haven’t posted an update in a while, I keep forgetting to do it. Good news though, we are now in the final testing stages of Greenstone 3 and should hopefully have a 3.05 release candidate ready before the end of the week. We’ve also got some exciting things planned for 3.06 as well so we’re wanting to get 3.05 out as soon as possible.

There is not a lot to report other than that. Testing seems to be going well and assuming we don’t find any major bugs then keep an eye out for a release candidate in the near future.

Anu’s entry for the week of 7-11 May 2012

ak19. Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Over the week, have been working on the activate.pl script (and things that it needs). The details are at http://trac.greenstone.org/ticket/825

For the latest changes made today, need to retest these changes against GS3 on Windows.

Still need to test the entire process on Linux.

Anu’s entry for the weeks of 23 Apr – 4 May 2012

ak19. Friday, May 4th, 2012
  • At the start of last week, finished off the task of the GS3 “debuginfo” button that now appears next to the login button.
  • The Greenstone tutorial xml files can now include a MajorVersion element with number attribute to specify if the instructions are for GS3 or GS2 and will get processed by the XSLT to display or hide such elements depending on the active version.
  • Joshua Scarsbrook discovered two bugs compiling GS3 on a Mac and has helped us fix these (but one of the fixes still needs to be tested on his machine). Unfortunately there were some issues with setting the Java preferences on my account on the Mac here. At present, GS3 can’t be compiled there because it requires Java 1.6.
  • After Dr Bainbridge fixed error handling and display of the PDFBox Extension, it became easier to debug a PDFBox Extension bug discovered by a member on the mailing list. She helped us to track it down and it turned out that the PDFBox extension did not try to first look for and use any JRE included in a GS2 binary when running the java -version test.
  • While trying to work out why searching 3 digit numbers crashed the server (when Diego wanted to try the ifl=1 parameter to the GS2 URL), I first found and tracked down a very troublesome bug that I had accidentally introduced into GS2. The documents in browse or search results would not display and their URLs looked strange (with the word handle in their path). It turned out that in January, I’d committed the -DDOCHANDLE option to CXXFLAGS in a win32.mak file that was meant for the experimental work Dr Bainbridge and Diego had been doing with REST URLs. I meant to commit only the RSS support code they had written. Dr Bainbridge then fixed the bug Diego had originally noticed to do with the ifl parameter.
  • Some translation work and looked at a few mailing list questions.
  • Currently started work on activate.pl which should perform in perl the task that GLI currently does of stopping the GS2 or GS3 server while moving the building to index and restarting the server again.