Looks like Till has already given you some tips to help you along… but a few more comments for good measure:

 

1.) Probably the hardest part of using VuFind with the setup you describe is getting your data into MARC format.  Since it sounds like you have already solved that problem, I agree that it should work for you.  The only other issue you will run into is coming up with an appropriate ILS driver.  Assuming your Works database tracks circulation status, you might actually be able to write a custom driver for your setup by setting up an ODBC ("Open Database Connectivity") interface to Microsoft Works and using the PDO ODBC module in PHP.  However, without a programmer and database expert on staff, this probably isn't practical -- fortunately, there is an easier alternative solution: simply edit the templates and remove the functionality that you can't support.  I'm sure you'll want to edit the templates in any case -- your target audience isn't going to need some of the academic-oriented features of VuFind, and you'll make the interface easier to understand if you strip out some of the clutter.

 

2.) Which install documentation have you been using?  I'm assuming you've already seen this, but just to be on the safe side, here's the most current:

 

                http://vufind.org/wiki/installation_ubuntu

 

3.) Regarding the Solr configuration files, those can be found in /usr/local/vufind/solr/biblio/conf…  but you shouldn't need to make any changes to them in a default Ubuntu installation.  The only configuration file you should need to worry about is /usr/local/vufind/web/conf/config.ini.  In addition to Till's suggestions, it never hurts to set the "debug" setting near the top of that file to "true" when you're trying to figure out why something isn't working.  This will often give more clues.  Feel free to share debug output and/or config.ini itself on this list if you need further assistance.

 

I hope this helps, and good luck -- this sounds like a very interesting application of VuFind, and I hope it works out for you.  Feel free to email any time if you need more assistance.

 

- Demian

 

From: Roland Mischke [mailto:roland_mischke@sil.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:25 PM
To: vufind-general@lists.sourceforge.net
Subject: [VuFind-General] VuFind Install Problem

 

1.  A question on the appropriateness of VuFind for our situation.  Our retirement home has a modest library (maybe 4000 volumes), and very few computer knowledgeable people.  Our current "ILS" consists of a database (MS Works) from which we can export delimited data and use mailmerge (MS Word) to print cards and various labels.  A simple, pretty foolproof system.  Searching for books within MS Works, though, is pretty klutzy (on a good day).  VuFind looks like a good way to get a user friendly "front end" for old folks to use. We can export delimited data from the database, open in a spreadsheet, then save and process in MarcEdit to map fields and produce a Marc record.  All we need from VuFind is the user interface and the ability to search for books and to slurp up Marc records.  Is this reasonable?

 

2. I've been trying to install VuFind 1.0RC2 on a server running Ubuntu 8.10.  After many false starts, I've gotten to the point where I can log into  "[local wireless network URL]/vufind"  and not get a "not found" error.  I do get an error screen which says "Solr Index offline".  VuFind is set up with the "Sample" pseudo ILS.  I thought maybe it needed something to work with, so I uploaded some Marc records from a test set of records, but still can't get to the opening screen.

 

One of the sets of installation instructions that I found (for installing 1.0RC1) noted that there should be a config file in the /usr/local/vufind/solr directory, but there is none.  Anyone got any thoughts on what to do next?  When VuFind loads, the screen entries rush by rather fast.  There seems to be at least one message that talks about a war between Solr and something else, whatever that means (not enough video memory on server to scroll back that far in the listing to read it at leisure). 

 

Any help would be appreciated.  My Linux knowledge is rather limited (maybe not even enough to be dangerous).

 

Roland Mischke

Old but still puttering along