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Old 03-09-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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Headless Calibre Server Setup

I'm looking for advice or a guide to help me set up a headless Calibre server for multiple devices readers (Kindle, iPhone, Android phones, etc.) to access.

I'm using a VPS (VPSville) with choices of Ubuntu Server 8.04 - 9.04.

I've already tried and failed to install Gnome and VNC on the VPS (not sure if that's my own fault or the specialized VPS templates) so I could access Calibre graphically. (Here is the failed attempt. I cannot get past a missing fonts error.)

I'm not brand new to Linux, but I am self-taught with many gaps and this is an ambitious undertaking for me. So any hand-holding would be appreciated.

The deliverable would be a server I can add Project Gutenberg and Creative Commons licensed ebooks to for the public library at which I work so that we may retain our own collection of ebooks. (Currently we subscribe to titles with DRM-restrictive Overdrive.)

Thanks in advance to anyone with recommendations.

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Old 03-09-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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IIRC the server will run just fine ona headless machine.

Install it by following the instructions on the calibre website then run it as

Code:
calibre-server --with-library /path/to/the/calibre/library/to/be/served
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Old 03-09-2010, 03:10 PM   #3
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Thank you for the quick response!

Okay, so...

Part I: Follow the installation instructions.
Part II: Run it as you described.
Part II: Bone up on the CLI commands documented here. (I suppose between calibre-server -p, fetch-ebook-meta, and ebook-convert it will do what I'm hoping.)

Thanks again.
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Thank you for the quick response!

Okay, so...
There are some useful commands in this batch file for pointing to library directory, configuration directory, etc. I realize you're not on Windows, but the CLI options are the same. (I'd credit the author of this batch file, but I've forgotten who did it.)
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File Type: bat CalibreRun.bat (3.2 KB, 937 views)
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There are some useful commands in this batch file...
This is a great help. Thanks!
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