OK - looks like I have found a way, but I don't know if it's the most optimum.

Using the packager command, I can ingest a zip file with just the mets.xml file in it and point it to the community I want it to land under. It looks like this:

/[dspace]/bin/dspace packager -s -a -u -t AIP -e me@example.com -p 123456789/66280 mets.zip

This seems to work just fine, but what I would like to know now is:

1) What is the least content I need in the mets.xml file to accomplish this? All I want is a collection with no files (initially) and just a title.
2) Is there a command that will allow me to not have to zip the xml file?

The help message for the packager command /[dspace]/bin/dspace packager --help --type METS talks about the manifestOnly switch, but I don't know how to use it.

On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Mark Ehle <markehle@gmail.com> wrote:
Folks -

I need a way to create an empty collection from the command line. We are automating the ingestion of newspaper PDF's and the structure-build command will allow me to do everything I need except create a collection by itself in a separate step. The community that the collection belongs to will already be established.

I'm using Dspace 3.0 on Ubuntu 12.10 server.

Any ideas?

Thanks again!

Mark Ehle
Computer Support Librarian
Willard Library
Battle Creek, MI