General information

The PC workstations within the library offer the possibilities of storing research results on personal USB-sticks or sending them via e-mail as an attachment. Furthermore you can print out files and edit office documents.

By clicking onto the Linux penguin icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and choosing "Export" from the menu you can open the computer's export function. The most important functions are accessible via the icon tray; further functions can be accessed via the file menu ("Datei") above the icon tray. There are two windows in the lower half of the export window showing files stored on data drives: the left hand window lists files stored on the local hard drive, the right hand window shows the content of a personal USB-stick.

Exportfunktion
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"File" menu ("Datei")

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Copying onto USB-stick ("Kopieren")

This function copies selected files or directories onto a USB-stick. Please select files/directories by clicking onto them once, deselect files/directories by clicking onto them again. Please check whether your storage device is displayed in the right hand window. You may have to refresh the display by clicking onto the "Aktualisieren" button.

In case you want to compress an HTML-file, you will have to copy the file and the corresponding directory. Files are recognisable by their size in byte, directories by the prefixed label "directory".

Note on USB-devices: by default USB-devices are formatted using the FAT or FAT32 file system and can be used by Windows, Linux and Apple computers. Experience shows however that there are also a number of USB-devices which use the NTFS or other file systems. Access to these devices can only be granted after reformatting them into the FAT32 file system. Reformatting is possible at any user PC workstation via the "Formatieren" button. If you still cannot access your USB-stick, please try reformatting it again.


Warning: reformatting data drives will delete any files stored on this medium!

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File opening / printing ("Öffnen / Drucken")

In case you want to view a downloaded or brought in file, highlight it by clicking once upon the name and subsequently clicking onto the "Öffnen/Drucken" button.

The function will open automatically the appropriate application provided that an application is defined for this file name ending. If no appropriate application (e.g. a viewer for vector graphics) is available, no application will start. In such a case please copy the file and try it on a private PC or at at ZIMT's PC located in one of their CIP-Pools.


Hints:

You can highlight only one file for opening.

Import from USB-stick is no longer necessary because files can be opened without detour.

You can start this function as well with function key F4.

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Sending files via e-mail ("E-Mail")

You can send files which have been stored on the hard drive (/tmp/export) to a mail account via e-mail. You can only send one file per mail. To reduce your file's size or to send more than one file in a single mail you may zip them using the function "Einpacken".

In case you want to send an HTML-file, you have to compress the file and the corresponding directory into one archive. Please use the function "Einpacken".

Please note: subject and content are generated automatically, your file will be send as attachment.

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Zipping files ("Einpacken")

Zipping files

You can pack one or more files in a zip archive by highlighting them and subsequently clicking onto the "Einpacken" button.

Unzipping files at your own PC

Windows PCs:

By clicking onto the file name within the windows explorer the contained files are displayed. You may extract the files by right-clicking the archive's file name and choosing the option "extract all" within the context menu. Of course you can use other zipping tools like 7zip, which you can use free of charge.

Linux PC:

The unzip line command is included in every distribution. Alternatively in the majority of cases there are functions within the GUI that support handling of zip archives. 7zip is available for linux free of charge, too.

MacOS:

7zip is available for MacOS free of charge.

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Deleting files ("Loeschen")

Please note that all files you downloaded or imported to the computer will only be deleted automatically when the computer is restarted. In your own interest, please delete all files from the computer before leaving the workstation.

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Reformatting USB-sticks ("Formatieren")

This function will reformat your USB-stick with file system FAT32.

By default USB-devices are formatted using the FAT or FAT32 file system and can be used by Windows, Linux and Apple computers. Experience shows however that there are also a number of USB-devices which use the NTFS or other file systems. Access to these devices can only be granted after reformatting them into the FAT32 file system. Reformatting is possible at any user PC workstation via the "Formatieren" button. If you still cannot access your USB-stick, please try reformatting it again.

Warning! If you already have data on your disc this data will be lost after reformatting.

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Changing directory

In order to access a subdirectory on a USB-stick please double-click directoryname in the right hand window. You can get back by double-clicking the line "zurück". Alternatively you can mark the name of the sub-directory respectively the line "zurück" and click onto the green arrow-icon below "Beenden". Directories are recognisable by the label "Directory...".

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