[Tellico-users] Tellico questions - data files back up, scaling & isbn lookup

Stephan Debelle stephan.debelle at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 15:42:53 UTC 2011


Thank you for your response, so far I have been testing v 2.3.1 on a VM
using the same image we will be using and it works like a charm!  I had
tried to compile the latest version but ran into too many dependancy issues
on Ubuntu so decided to use the package available using this repository deb
http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu/ lucid-getdeb apps

For testing purpose I had saved the .tc file in the /home/documents
directory and images are stored in a sub-directory, so it appears that is
all I need to consider for backup.

The intent is to have one desktop in the library which will be used for
check-in/check-out but I am thinking of having the .tc and image directory
on a Dropbox folder.  This would allow the teachers to consult the catalog
from their laptop as well and I won't have to worry about back up as long
as they don't make any edits from their laptop.  Perhaps better option
might be for me to have job copy the files at regular interval so I can
insure the "master" file does not get overwritten.

The images are not large in size so I will keep you posted on performance
once we have the collection set up (mid-january).  I added the
amazon.frand the sudoc sources and doing an update actually pulled
data for a few
more ISBN so that is great!

As far the multiple copies, I don't think there is a lot of them so I will
simply create a duplicate if needed altough most likely they will be
duplicated during the scanning step.

The school I am supporting is http://www.thefrenchabc.com so feel free to
add it to the list of users!

All teacher's laptops & the lab is running on Ubuntu 10.10, Tellico is just
a perfect fit!  Kuddos to the Open Source Community and Developers!

We are aiming to have the system and collection ready by the end of January
and will make sure to give you some feedback.

Happy New Year and Thank you again!


On Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM, Robby Stephenson <robby at periapsis.org>wrote:

> HI Stephan,
> On Thursday 29 December 2011, Stephan Debelle wrote:
> > I am new to this list so forgive me if these questions have already been
> > asked but I could not seem to find the answer on the kde forums.  I am
> > volunteering for a school (non-profit) and we are using almost
> > exclusively Open Source software.  After looking a few options such as
> > Koha & Evergreen to manage the School's library collection, I stumbled
> > onto Tellico and have been very impressed with the ease of use and
> > capabilities.
> Thanks! This is the right place for questions. The forums works too.
> > 1- Tellico not being DB driven, which directories are storing the
> > collection data so I can include them in the backup?
> All the information, except for the images, are stored in the data file
> itself. You can choose to have the images in the data file, too, but with a
> collection of your size, I wouldn't recommend it. In the settings, there's
> an "Image Storage" option. The first option is the data file. The second
> will
> store all the images for all Tellico data in the same place,
> ~/.kde/share/apps/tellico/data/ (unless you moved your KDE home somewhere
> else). The third option will store the images in the same location as the
> data file, in a directory with the same name of the data file with _files
> appended.
> > 2- The school has a collection of approximately 10,000 books, will
> > tellico be able to scale and handle this volume?
> It should. The primary issue might be if you have 10,000 big images in the
> collection, too. I've tried to improve the performance with large images,
> and others have contributed patches, too. So I'd give it a shot. :)
> > 3- The school being a French billingual school, many of the books have
> > been purschased in France.  While the ISBN lookup works fine and
> > configured for Amazon & isbn.com I still have a good % of books not
> > getting any data.  I was wondering if anyone could suggest another
> > source to configure for books originating from France?
> Definitely try using amazon.fr. I think the UBuntu package is compiled
> with
> z39.50 support, too, and in that case, the French SUDOC database is
> available. http://www.sudoc.abes.fr Or you could find other french z39.50
> sources. Freebase would be another option.
> > 4- Some books have multiple copies, I could not find a field set up to
> > indicate the number of copies?  While I configured a new field for this
> > purpose, the check out process only sees 1 copy and therefore the other
> > copies are not available for checkout.  The work around seems to be to
> > create a duplicate of the book but I am wondering if there is a better
> > way of handling this?
> There's no better way that the workaround you noted. I'll see if I can add
> that feature. The check-out capability wasn't built with the idea of having
> multiple copies in mind.
> Thanks for the interest!
> Robby

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