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Old 11-21-2020, 10:52 PM   #1
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Calibre Database READ ONLY?

I have a library of about 10,000 documents used by people in different locations. I've tested "sharing" by using SSHFS to copy the LIBRARIES to the different users but I DO NOT want anyone to add, remove or modify entries. I DO want them to be able to use all the search facilities of the program. New documents (common) or removal of old documents (extremely rare) would be emailed to me where I update the master LIBRARY and update all the remote libraries.

I tried the CALIBRE-SERVER but it is far too slow and clumbsy.

Seems to me that everything would be fine if I could set the files to be READ ONLY. I tried it and couldn't even start up, getting an error about not being able to write a text file to test case sensitivity.

Is there some other way to do this or should I report it as an ENHANCEMENT REQUEST?

OTOH, would it just be too much trouble?

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Old 11-21-2020, 10:55 PM   #2
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calibre is never going to allow read only access to its database since it reserves the right to do automatic schema upgrades.
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If you want multiple people to have access to the same library via ssh simply setup some master-slave one way syncing, using rsync or similar. Then any changes they make to their copies are irrelevant to the master and get reverted on every sync.
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CalibreSpy also allows read-only access to a database, though I'm not sure how you'd set it up over a network.
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