0.7.1 How-To

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This how to is provided in addition to the user manual.


Restart Archivematica

In a single client environment (If you're not, sure use this one.)

  • Stop the server. This will disconnect all the clients, forcing them to stop as well.
sudo stop archivematica-mcp-server
  • Start the server.
sudo start archivematica-mcp-server
  • Start the client.
sudo start archivematica-mcp-client

In a multi-client environment

  • Do single client envirnoment steps on the server (Server needs to be running before clients can connect).
  • Restart each of the clients.
sudo start archivematica-mcp-client

Restore a SIP backup

  • Remove any failed directories of the SIP from the Archivematica system.
  • COPY the SIP backup from the backup directory (Default location: /var/archivematica/sharedDirectory/SIPbackups ) to a workspace, like your desktop.
  • Right click the SIP and run 'Set ownership and permissions'.
  • Remove any non desirable files, and remove their checksum entries as necessary.
  • Move the SIP to 'Verify SIP compliance', to start archivematica processing.

Modify workflow, to not generate a DIP

These changes will need to be made in the MCP config files, located: /etc/archivematica/MCPServer/mcpModulesConfig/

These steps will still appear in the dashboard, but their commands will be skipped.

The following modification will need to be done to these mcpModulesConfig/xml configs:

  • Create DIP directory
    • Set the exe Command to skip.
  • Normalize
    • Set the exe Command to skip. Note: this doesn't disable preservation normalization, which is done in the <verificationCommand>.
  • Copy METS to DIP directory
    • Set the exe Command to skip.
  • Generate DIP
    • Set the exe Command to skip.

Change the checksum type used in the AIP bagit

open for editing: /etc/archivematica/MCPServer/mcpModulesConfig/Prepare AIP.xml

sudo mousepad /etc/archivematica/MCPServer/mcpModulesConfig/Prepare\ AIP.xml

In commands, in execCommand, change the argument for --payloadmanifestalgorithm from "sha512" to a bagit supported checksum algorythm, ie: md5, sha256, sha1.

<arguments>create "%SIPDirectory%%SIPName%-%SIPUUID%.zip" "%SIPLogsDirectory%" "%SIPObjectsDirectory%" "%SIPDirectory%METS.xml" "%SIPDirectory%metadata/" --writer zip --payloadmanifestalgorithm "sha512"</arguments>

Save and restart archivematica. http://archivematica.org/wiki/index.php?title=0.7.1_How-To#Restart_Archivematica

External Disk Transfers

TODO http://code.google.com/p/archivematica/issues/detail?id=132

Manual Normalization

TODO http://code.google.com/p/archivematica/issues/detail?id=464

Add/Remove Extensions from inPreservationFormat/inAccessFormat

open for editing: /usr/lib/archivematica/transcoder/transcoderNormalizer.py

sudo mousepad /usr/lib/archivematica/transcoder/transcoderNormalizer.py

Update these two functions:

def inAccessFormat():
    ex=["CSS", "CSV", "HTML", "TXT", "XML", "XSL", \
        "MP3", "PDF", "JPG", "MPG"]
    return transcoder.fileExtension.__str__().upper() in ex

def inPreservationFormat():
    ex=["CSS", "CSV", "HTML", "TXT", "XML", "XSL", \
        "JP2", "PNG", \
        "SVG", "WAV", "TIF", "PDF", "ODP", "TIF", "MXF", "ODT", "ODS", "MBOX", "IMBOX", "AI" ]
    return transcoder.fileExtension.__str__().upper() in ex


  • The "\" indicates the array continues on the next line.
  • Extensions must be in upper case to work

Add user to the archivematica group

sudo gpasswd -a "USERNAME" archivematica

Where "USERNAME" is the user you wish to add to the group.

Set or change the quarantine period

Open the root's crontab:

sudo crontab -e

Add this line if it doesn't exist. Change the 60 to the desired number of seconds for quarantine.

* * * * * flock -xn /var/lock/quarantine.lock /usr/lib/archivematica/MCPServer/delay/delay.py 60 "/var/archivematica/sharedDirectory/watchedDirectories/quarantined"

Change Agent Organization Name or Repository Code

sudo mousepad /var/archivematica/sharedDirectory/sharedMicroServiceTasksConfigs/createXmlEventsAssist/organization.ini


yourAgentIdentifierType= repository code
yourAgentIdentifierValue= ORG
yourAgentName= Your Organization Name Here
yourAgentType= organization
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