Installation - standalone user level installing (w/ python bundle)

The collector can be run manually or as a scheduled task using the CRON hosting system. A single bash installation script was developed for implementing a straightforward setup process. This bash script executes the following installation/configuration steps:

  • download and install a free minimal Python environment ( in the user home directory
  • install required Python packages
  • create the default configuration file
  • download the latest COUNTER Robots file
  • instruct the user to fill minimal information in the configuration file: the DSpace installation directory, the DSpace major version and the required credentials for sending events to a remote Matomo instance

After this simple installation process, the collector is ready to start working by collecting and sending usage data into the pre-configured remote Matomo instance. Also a command to install the collector script in the user CRONTAB is provided.

IMPORTANT: The instalation script and the dspace-stats-collector does not require superuser privileges and don´t install any software outside the CURRENT_USER_HOME/dspace-stats-collector. The collector script execute read only queries over dspace relational db and solr core. This tool doesn´t write or modify any dspace file, dspace db or solr core. It´s recommended, but not mandatory, execute the instalation script from de dspace user.

Installation steps:

  1. Check if wget and cron are installed in the system.

  2. Execute installation script from a plain user (ie: dspace) directly from github:

    wget -O - | bash

  3. Configure matomo site parameters provided in CURRENT_USER_HOME/dspace-stats-collector/config/

  4. Execute CURRENT_USER_HOME/dspace-stasts-collector/bin/dspace-stats-collector -v -f YYYY-MM-DD (will collect and send events for the first time from YYYY-MM-DD)

  5. Check if the collector is sending data to matomo instance by asking to your national node manager ( do not execute the next step without this check )

  6. Execute CURRENT_USER_HOME/dspace-stasts-collector/bin/dspace-stats-cronify (will install collector in user cron)

  7. Check/ajust the user crontab (the instalation script adds an entry automatically in the user crontab, the collector runs every 60 min by default)

Update steps

  1. Logged as the same user used in installation process run:

    wget -O - | bash