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generate_views - Generate static browse pages for an EPrint repository


generate_views repository_id [options]


This script creates some or all of the pages used in the /view/ section of the website. Since 3.1 these pages update themselves if they get only than a certain age, but this can cause delays for the viewer, so this script is still provided to pre-prepare them to provide a smoother experience.

Note: Since EPrints 3.1 it is not essential to run generate_views periodically, but it is still recommended.

What this does is generate browse pages for each field configured as browsable in ArchiveConfig.pm. It creates a static web page for each value of that field, and index pages to navigate to them.

For example, if we make "year" browseable then this script will generate one page for each unique value of the year field. So a user can then view the 1995 page and see links to all the 1995 eprints.

Advantages of this are that this puts less load on the database than user searches. Assuming you pick two or three sensible fields to make browsable.

This script should be run every hour or so, but that should once a day or even once a week on large repositories, as the more eprints the longer it will take to run. The rough length of time to run this is of the order of O( languages * eprints * browsable fields ). You can automate running this with the cron system.

If viewid is specified then only that view is updated. This can be useful if some views need updating more often then others. The top /view/ page which links to each view is always updated.


  • repository_id
The ID of the eprint repository to use.


  • --generate menus
Only generate the menu pages, not the pages with links to records.
  • --generate lists
Only generate the pages with lists of records, not the menu pages.
  • --view view_id
Generate only the view with this ID.
  • --lang lang_id
Generate only pages for the language with this ID.
  • --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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