Basic Installation (required)

  • Make sure your server complies with all the prerequisites.
  • Extract the downloaded installation file into the webapps directory of the Tomcat or the Catalina installation. If you don't want to have it there or you're neither running Tomcat nor Catalina, configure your servlet runner to have a context for FileLister, e.g. named "filelister", and extract the installation file into the related directory. For how to do this in Tomcat or Catalina, see Tip 1.
  • Create a database for FileLister's index, e.g. named "filelister" (see Tip 2).
  • FileLister needs a Servlet API jar file (at least v2.1), typically named "servlet.jar". If your running Tomcat or Catalina and you have set the TOMCAT_HOME or the CATALINA_HOME environment variable, proceed to the next step. If you haven't set such a variable, you need to edit the or the filelister_env.bat: Look for the setting of the variable "SERVLETJAR" (about line 20) and enter the path to the servlet.jar file located in the Tomcat or Catalina installation directory (including the name of the jar itself).
    If you're running another servlet runner, locate its Servlet API jar file and set it to the SERVLETJAR variable mentioned before.

  • Decide where the root directory of the index shall be located, create this directory, if necessary, and fill in the files to be listed. Important: If you don't define a virtual root, the whole file system of your host will be indexed which for sure leads into the indexing of files which you either don't want to show or which are system files that lead to access violations on indexing! For more infos on defining a virtual root, see Tip 3.
  • Optionally, configure a server (e.g. a web or a FTP server) which allows to access the indexed directory's contents. For more infos on this feature, see Tip 4.
  • If you're running FileLister on a Win95 or Win98 host, set the FILELISTER_HOME variable in C:\autoexec.bat, pointing to FileLister's installation directory. This means you need to reboot before continuing...
  • Run the or setup.bat in the bin directory of the installation. A graphical settings editor will show up and you must configure the following things:
    • the JDBC environment (at least the connection string, the user name and the password)
    • the table name where FileLister stores the index in (typically the name of the host that is indexed or a descriptive name of the indexed directory)
    • the virtual root directory if you decided to have one
    • the URL prefix which is needed to make the indexed directories browseable / files downloadable
    • if you decided to allow the zipping of files: the "zip.isallowedtozip" checkbox to checked and the directory where the zip files shall be created in (typically "/tmp" or "C:\temp"). Note: Activating the zipping of files may be risky because FileLister bypasses the file system's security (see Tip 5)!
    Finally, you have the possibility to test the JDBC connection by selecting the "Test Connection" option from the "Actions" menu. Note: All the other configuration settings are optional and described in the bottom text area of the application "on mouse over" of each setting.
  • Run the or InitialIndexer.bat in the bin directory of the installation. You'll see some messages about the indexing and the data pumping process.
  • Start your servlet runner and access FileLister's virtual directory, typically http://localhost:8080/filelister. Enjoy!

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