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
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.
From: Roland Mischke
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 3:25 PM
Subject: [VuFind-General] VuFind Install Problem
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?
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.
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).
help would be appreciated. My Linux knowledge is rather limited (maybe
not even enough to be dangerous).
but still puttering along