[EP-tech] Re: Assistance with eprints 2 options

Sebastien Francois sf2 at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Fri Feb 21 15:45:53 GMT 2014

Hi Michael,

The "export3data.pl" script included in the migration toolkit will 
generate EPrints3 XML from your EPrints2 repository. It won't change 
anything, it just generates XML so this won't break anything.

Have a go at exporting data to see that the basic mechanisms work.

Then you could set up your new hardware / 3.3 as a test server 
(test.the_url_you_want) to run in parallel to your EP2 repository to 
allow you to test that URLs are preserved and that all the metadata is 
imported successfully.

Then on your new shiny EPrints 3.3 there's an import script (bin/import) 
that takes EPrints3 XML and that will import your item ID as well as the 
metadata (hence will preserve your URLs). You may need to pass special 
options to import the item ID's (bin/import --help will tell you).

Let us know how you're getting on.

Of course importing the data is an important step but you may also need 
to re-do the branding/templates, etc.


On 21/02/14 15:28, Michael Street wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a repository that I set up many years ago and maintenance of 
> which has passed away and back again.  It's an eprints 2 repo that is 
> functioning fine but the administrators would like to upgrade/migrate 
> it to version 3.  I believe it's about 7 years old now.  The machine 
> has never been upgraded, not even the OS.
> I have the new hardware but I just can't figure out the best way to 
> achieve this.  I've looked at the migration script written by cjg but 
> I'm worried to try code so old.
> Is there a way to just export everything in a format that can be 
> brought into the latest version?
> If not, then I do have the people available to input old the eprints 
> into the new version.  The only issue with that is that the URLs MUST 
> match the original ones.  This new machine will eventually replace the 
> original, once everything is migrated over.   Is there anyway to 
> directly edit the eprint id of a deposit?
> Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> -- 
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