One big gap in the VuFind documentation has been the lack of a page explaining how to automate VuFind after it is installed and running.  There several important details: loading new records from the ILS, restarting periodically to avoid problems, backing up the database, etc.

 

Part of the reason this has not been documented previously is that it's complicated and often very platform-specific.  There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.

 

Still, it's better to have some general guidelines than nothing at all.  I have added this page to the Wiki:

 

http://vufind.org/wiki/automation

 

It contains a checklist of things you might want to automate as well as some sample solutions loosely based on Villanova's processes (I simplified and generalized as much as I could… hopefully without introducing too many bugs in the process!).  Please feel free to add your own notes or fill in gaps if you have any additional knowledge to share!  If anybody wants to adopt any of the samples, feel free to contact me if you have questions or problems.

 

thanks,

Demian