Requests for Archivers
If you have technical reports archived which you wish to make
available through the Unified Computer Science
Technical Report Archive, you'll need to have those reports on an
FTP site and you'll need an index file in one of the previously discussed formats for reasons we talked about earlier.
Some primary requests:
Feel free to also send comments, suggestions, and the like. I am
particularly interested in what formats should generally be supported;
adding the format used by the WAIS TR archive and possibly BIBTeX are
on my TODO list.
- Have an index file (believe it or not, a few sites don't have
one) and have its format be consistent. In particular, I need some
regular expression that defines record separators; if a blank line is
your record separator, don't use blank lines within records (e.g. to
separate paragraphs in an abstract. Heck, I thought abstracts were
supposed to be a single paragraph anyway...)
- If you want to include directions on how to FTP stuff, it's best
to put them in a separate file (e.g.
README) and not the
same one as the index. If you simply must put these in the same file,
please be sure the directions section doesn't include names of real
tech reports or filenames, since this may create spurious entries.
- Do not compress or otherwise obscure the index file. Compressing
long PostScript tech reports is a good idea; compressing index files
that are often browsed is not.
- Do not dink around with the layout of your filespace
unnecessarily. Every week I get complaints that some university or
other is no longer working, and usually it's becuase somebody changed
the index filename from
maybe started a new file called
INDEX-94 and stopped
updating the old one, or accidentally left the index file unreadable
because of a bad default umask, or...
- Have filenames that are globally unique. Having files named
TR-94-03.ps.Z is good; having files named
03.ps.Z is a pain.
- Have a consistently available site. It's quite frustrating to
have hypertext anchors that only work 60% of the time. In addition,
if your site happens to be unavailable for an extended period of time
when the index is rebuilt (starting at 4:00 EST on Saturday morning,
normally), you may not be included.
- Make the modification times on your files accurately reflect the
currency of the information. If you don't know how to change the
modification time on a file to an arbitrary value, ask your friendly
- If you're not included in the sitelist file and you want to be, send mail
to me. Please include:
- The preferred FTP address of your site
- The pathname that the reports are under
- The name and format of the index file (most importantly, what the
record separators are.)
- The name of your institution or group you want to use. (I tend to
abbreviate these heavily to keep output compact.) Note that it will
be displayed without context, so it should be globally meaningful.
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