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generate_static - Generate static pages of an EPrint repository using the template.


generate_static repository_id [options]


This script creates the static web site for EPrints (or, if you are running in multiple lanugages it generates the websites).

It processes every file in EPRINTS/archives/ARCHIVE/cfg/static/LANGID/. For each language processes all the files in /LANGID/ and /generic/ into EPRINTS/archives/ARCHIVE/html/LANGID. If that sounds confusing, don't worry, it's not that bad, just put your webpage outlines in static/en/ and your image files and the like in static/generic/ and run this script and see what happens.

Most files are copied into the target directory as is and directory structure is preserved.

Files with a .xpage or .xhtml suffix are processed as they are copied.

  • .xpage
This is an XML file with the following structure:
 <?xml version="1.0" standalone="no" ?>
 <!DOCTYPE page SYSTEM "entities.dtd" >
   <title>This is the page title</title>
     <p>Some XHTML body</p><p>Which is <b>neat</b></p>
The resulting file will be a .html file (foo.xpage becomes foo.html). It will take the template for this repository and insert the title and body from the appropriate places. It will also cause the the special EPrints entities to be converted as it is copied. See the main documentation.
  • .xhtml
This is a normal XHTML file but with the following XML header:
 <?xml version="1.0" standalone="no" ?>
 <!DOCTYPE html SYSTEM "entities.dtd" >
This will cause the the HTML entities to be properly decoded. It will also be renamed to .html for example, foo.xhtml will become foo.html


If you are running EPrints in a language other than English then place the static files in a directory of your ISO language ID instead of en, for example French is fr. The generic directory is for language neutral stuff. Which is extra handy if you want to run the site in more than one language. Also the entities file should be renamed from -en to -whatever eg. entities-fr.xml.


  • repository_id
The ID of the eprint repository to use.


  • --prune
Remove stray files from the website (eg. if something was removed from the static pages).
  • --help
Print a brief help message and exit.
  • --man
Print the full manual page and then exit.
  • --quiet
Be vewwy vewwy quiet. This option will supress all output unless an error occurs.
  • --verbose
Explain in detail what is going on. May be repeated for greater effect.
  • --version
Output version information and exit.


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This file is part of EPrints http://www.eprints.org/.

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