Archive and distribute your base on a removable media (CD-ROM)

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Archiving your GeneWeb base on a permanent and removable media such as a CD-ROM protects your data and is a convenient alternative to the publicly accessible server to facilitate sharing without forcing the user to pre-install GeneWeb.

Archiving on a write-once media

Here are the steps necessary to construct an autonomous CD_ROM containing one or several bases and the necessary executables.

  • Clean your base(s), in particular if you have made several updates.
  • Launch update_nldb (notes index construction) and consanguinity computation if you have requested their display on personal pages (show_consang=yes, see configuration)
  • Connect to your base, and perform one relationship computing (path between two individuals). The first occurrence of a relationship computing computes a file (tstab) which optimises further relationship computing. When on a CD-ROM, creation of this file would not be possible, but its absence does not prevent relationship computing from happening.
  • Create a Staging folder whose entire content will be written on the removable media. In this folder, place copies of the following files or folders:
  1. The gwd executable file (on windows systems, it usually has .exe extension), and its .arg argument file. Make sure that this files has the proper executable property.
  2. The folders etc (template files), images (portraits), lang (language dictionaries) and src (text and image files). They must be located in the same folder as gwd.
  3. Any tags.txt (see tags) and file.auth (see access) files needed for proper execution of your base.
  4. The bases folders whose extensions are .gwb.
  5. The .gwf configuration file(s) associated with your bases.
  • Perform the following tasks:
    1. In the .gwf configuration file associated with your base(s), add the line wizard_passwd=xyz. This will prevent display of wizard related stuff which would be inoperative anyway.
    2. If your base proposes portraits for persons, install the corresponding .jpg files in a images/mybase folder (see example below).
    3. Do the same for base specific template files in etc, texts and images in src (see images for details) and language data in lang.
  • Verify and write-out:
    • Identify a temporary writable folder. gwd builds several temporary files (in its working directory by default). If executed from a non-writable media, a parameter must indicate where temporary files can be written. These files are of modest size, and can be deleted with no harm.
This parameter is provided in the gwd.arg or in the command launching gwd (see example below):
  • Make a final test before writing out to your CD-ROM, verifying that while the Staging folder is written protected, you still have complete functionality.
Launching GeneWeb should be done by clicking on the appropriate gwd.bat, or gwd.command file. Make sure that those files have the proper executable property.
After launch, opening your base should be done by entering into the URL line of your browser, or by clicking on a link of a start.html page that you may have prepared.
  • Write-out the content of Staging to the removable media.
  • Clean-up.

Typical structure for a multi-platform, multi-base distribution

This structure can obviously be simplified in the case of a single platform and/or single base.

  • directory Staging
    • directory Windows
      • directory bases
        • directory mybase1.gwb
        • file mybase1.gwf
        • directory mybase2.gwb
        • file mybase2.gwf
        • file friends1.auth
        • file friends2.auth
        • directory etc
          • directory mybase1
            • file trl.txt # base specific template files
        • directory src
          • directory mybase1
            • file file1.txt # files included with m=SRC;v=file1
            • directory images
              • file image1.jpg # images obtained with m=IMH;s=image1.jpg
        • directory images
          • directory mybase1
            • file first_name.oc.last_name.jpg # portraits displayed on personal page
        • directory lang
          • directory mybase1
            • file file1.txt # base specific language files
      • directory gw
        • directory etc # template files
        • directory images # pictograms and icons
        • directory lang # language dictionaries
        • file gwd.exe # executable
        • file tags.txt # authorised HTML tags
        • file gwd.arg # arguments for gwd launch
      • file README # Some explanations for installing and launch
      • file start.html # Some optional start file containing the various <a href="">MyBase1</a> lines
      • file gwd.bat # gwd launch file
    • directory Linux
      • # same structure with OS specific changes (Binaries, line-end for text files…)
      • file # gwd launch file
    • directory Mac-OSX
      • # same structure with OS specific changes (Binaries, line-end for text files…)
      • file gwd.command # gwd launch file

With the structure as above, the content of gwd.bat, gwd.command and the two gwd.arg files should be:


Note that arguments can be passed to gwd either through the .arg file, or through the launch command line.

  • gwd.arg
  • gwd.bat
cmd /c start "gwd - GeneWeb" /min gw\gwd -hd gw -bd bases -wd %temp%

Unix and Mac OSX

  • gwd.arg
  • gwd.command
# Shutdown daemon allready running
killall gwd
DIR=$(dirname "$0")
cd $DIR
./gw/gwd -hd ./gw -bd ./bases -wd /tmp/geneweb

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