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Re: [EP-tech] Coversheet Plugin Help

Hi James,

So we are not cross purpose, please could you tell me which version of the coversheets plugin you are using.  Is it the one that can be currently downloaded from:


If not please could you tell me where it is from.  Not having the cfg/static/coversheets / directory in your local archive will be a problem.  You will also need to copy the variously numbered sub-directories from you live repository.

There does seem to be some confusion on the correct location for the stitchPDF scripts should go according to the coversheets wiki page [1].  I think $c->{archiveroot} . "/bin/tools/stitchPDFs " is the more appropriate location.  So it is probably better to move the script that change the command.  I will update the wiki page to that effect.

If you reinstate the coversheets directory as describe above, coversheets should start being applied but also I would expect an error id they were not.  The other things to sort out are making sure OpenOffice is running.  It is possible that something may still be at issue that does not cause the indexer task to fail and it "succeeds" to quickly for you to see in the event queue.  I would look in EPRINTS_PATH/var/indexer.log to see if you can see anything going on?


David Newman

[1] http://wiki.eprints.org/w/Coversheets

On 06/10/2021 12:03, James Kerwin via Eprints-tech wrote:
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Hello everyone,

I hope we are all keeping well.

Can anybody help me with the coversheets plugin? I have installed it and the dependencies, uploaded a coversheet template, set it to active and deposited several items that should be suitable for a coversheet to be generated.

When I deposit an item (through Elements) to the repository it goes into the review and no coversheet tasks appear in the Indexer. I move it to the live archive and no coversheets appear. The item does not have a coversheet added to it.

Even if there is some way to troubleshoot this or logs I could look at to get a clue.

At the moment the sheet is set to be added to items of type "Thesis".

There were some things I noticed and have changed. First being the template couldn't be uploaded. There was no "coversheets" folder in cfg/static so I added one and it worked. Permissions fully open as it's on the test server and I'm narrowing down problems.

The next thing I changed was in z_coversheet.pl:

$c->{gs_pdf_stich_cmd} = $c->{archiveroot} . "/bin/tools/stitchPDFs ";


$c->{gs_pdf_stich_cmd} = $c->{archiveroot} . "/bin/stitchPDFs ";

because that matches the actual location of  stitchPDFs.

Looking in bin I can see the following aren't set to be  allowed to be executed by any user or group:


I will open them up and have another attempt, but if anybody has any more guidance it will be massively appreciated.


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