Unfortunately, the AIP provider is going to restore the whole hierarchy including items.

Alternatively,  We have the last 1/2 of the process you suggest in a command called "StructBuilder", but what is absent is the first 1/2 of the process, generating the xml off your existing community/collection hierarchy...someone could probibly write that as a quick feature/addition to the class.

http://scm.dspace.org/svn/repo/dspace/trunk/dspace-api/src/main/java/org/dspace/administer/StructBuilder.java
StructBuilder -f [xml source] -e [administrator email] -o [output file]
Other questions.... do you just want the community/collection hierarchy, or do you want the Resource Policies, groups and Users you've enabled on those communities and collections? if the latter is the case, StructBuilder won't help either.
Mark


On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Peter Dietz <pdietz84@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Peter Leggett,

One idea might be to use AIP Backup / Restore.

You could backup your entire site (which does backup items/bitstreams), use a command line tool to delete the items/bitstreams, then import that package back in to your system.

I've not used this new feature, but its got plenty of promise.


Peter Dietz



On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 8:01 AM, Peter Leggett <P.F.Leggett@exeter.ac.uk> wrote:
Hi,

Can someone point me at a way to copy  the communities and collections structure from one DSpace 1.6.2 instance to another DSpace 1.6.2 instance without copying any actual data items ?

The  Community and Collection Structure Importer (DSpace manual section 8.1) would appear to offer the import side of this but how do I export the Structure ?

Many thanks

Pete


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