Maybe you want to use SooSL to open files on another computer across a local network (LAN). This can be helpful if you work together on a dictionary project with other people. You can keep all the files for the dictionary on one computer, and each person can access them from their own computer.
First, be careful! There is a bug in version 0.9.1 and earlier versions that will delete all the files in a project if you try to open a project across a local network using a network path. If you want to open a dictionary project across a network with these older versions, first map the shared folder to a drive letter (Windows) or mount the shared folder in the normal file system (Mac/Linux). Then, open the project with the local path. Don't try to open the project by typing a network path. This bug is fixed in version 0.9.2, but we still recommend doing things by mounting the folder locally first.
SooSL's special dialogs for open, import, export, and delete do not normally show network locations. If you try to type a network address (such as "//server/SooSL" or "smb://server/SooSL") in "Look in:", it probably won't work. (This may change in future versions.) These dialogs only show locations on the local computer. Depending on what you want to do, here is what we recommend:
- If you want to open a project that is on another computer on your network: It is best (safest) if you first create a network share on the other computer. Share a folder that contains the SooSL project folder. SooSL will work much faster if you share the folder that is immediately above the project folder (not the project folder itself). Then on the computer where you want to run SooSL, map that share to a local drive letter (Windows), or mount it in the regular file system (Mac/Linux). Finally, open SooSL, and use that local drive letter or mount point to open the dictionary.
- On Linux, it seems to be necessary for the root user to mount the network share with read-write permissions for all users (or give ownership to the user that wants to use SooSL). SooSL does not seem to work correctly (videos are not visible) if an ordinary user mounts a network share in "user-space" (i.e., gvfs, which is what happens if you mount a network share using a file manager like Nemo, Thunar, or Dolphin). We suggest adding a line like this to the /etc/fstab file, using cifs (samba) to mount the share:
//host/share /mnt/mountpoint cifs vers=3.11,soft,uid=1000,gid=1000,cifsacl 0 0
Substitute the user's numeric ID for 1000. Add other mount options as needed on your system, e.g. credentials. (This fstab line, of course, assumes that you also have an empty directory /mnt/mountpoint with 777 permission.)
- If you want to import a project from another computer on your network: It is best (safest) if you first copy the ZooZL file to your local hard drive. Then, import it from the local copy.
- If you want to export your dictionary project to another computer on your network: It is safest if you first export the project to a ZooZL file on your local computer. Then copy the ZooZL file to the other computer.
- If you want to delete a dictionary project that is stored on another computer, it is safest to open SooSL on that other computer and delete the project there. (Or, if you know where the project is stored, you can use the normal operating system tools to delete the project folder and all the files in it.)
You can, if you want, use the Locate (Dictionary) Directory dialog to open network locations directly, without mounting them first. (On some operating systems, this may mount the network share temporarily.) However, we recommend you do things the way we describe above. They are faster and more reliable.
For more information, see the section about LANs in the topic on how to work together on a project.
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