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EPrints 3.0 2nd Beta Release

Released 14th November 2006.



  • Apache 2 (avoid 2.2.2)
  • mod_perl 2
  • Perl
  • Some perl modules
  • UNIX like operating system

Release Notes

EPrints 3 does not need to be the same user as the webserver, but it does need to be a user which is in the same UNIX group.

If there is any bug which is a showstopper, let us know and we'll try and get another beta out ASAP.

DO NOT try to install over the top of EPrints 2, it will just make a mess!

There is currently no way to upgrade from 2.3 to 3.0 but that will be a side development project over the next few months, released sometime after, or maybe even before, 3.0 in January.

To get started run "epadmin" this has taken over many of the other scripts (create tables, erase archives, create user etc.)


Feedback and bug reports may be sent to (The Lead Developer). I suggest that an initial bug report is kept quite short as we already have a big list. If I don't already know about it, I'll ask for more info.

Things added since beta 1

  • Redesigned search forms.
  • Added experimental support for XML::LibXML.
  • Basic autocomplete now works on creators and journals
  • Using the progress bar to jump stages now saves current changes.
  • OpenURL resolver.
  • Improved interface for file upload screen.
  • Improved interface for subject stage.
  • Added "Add User" administration screen.
  • Redesigned user interface for Items and Review screens.
  • Fixed bug which prevented EP3 working with Apache >= v2.2.2
  • Added <link>'s to alternate versions in head of search results and item summary pages.
  • Redesigned document security configuration to be easier to understand.
  • Improved the reject/remove notification screens and emails.
  • Added staff search screens for eprints, users and history.
  • Other bugfixes.
  • Other user interface improvements.

Things planned for Release Candidate 1

This is a list of things we plan to add which aren't in beta-1:

This does not include the many minor user interface tweaks on our list, or bugs.

  • Subject Add/Edit
  • A way to control the reply-to address of email
  • Clone EPrint
  • Use EPrint as Template
  • epadmin will absorb even more bin/ scripts

EPrints 3 logs all hits on documents and abstracts but does not yet do anything smart with that data. We're working on that as a separate project.

Upgrading from EPrints 3.0 beta 1

If you already have a repository set up with beta-1 you need to do the following:

Essential things to do (per repository) after 3.0 beta-1 to 3.0 beta-2 upgrade

  • The database has changed a tiny bit so run
bin/epadmin upgrade ARCHIVEID
  • edit cfg.d/ and add these rows inside the sub:
       $data->{items_fields} = [ "lastmod", "title", "type", "eprint_status" ];
       $data->{review_fields} = [ "status_changed", "title", "type", "userid" ];
  • Any existing users will not have these preferences set, so they will need to modify their profile to set this. These fields control what fields you see on the Items and Review pages.
  • has been rewritten. Replace your copy (after you upgrade) with the one from /opt/eprints3/lib/defaultcfg/cfg.d/
  • Do the same for

Recommended but not essential

  • Do the same for as for and - the new version adds links in the summary page to the various versions of the metadata available, and tweaks some other stuff.
  • We've changed the default template a bit. You may wish to replace your cfg/lang/en/templates/default.xml and cfg/cfg.d/ with the versions from lib/defaultcfg/


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