Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Creating a proxy (parasite) project

Notes for the Oracc workshop participants at RAI64, Innsbruck, July 2018.

  1. Setting up
    • I've emailed you your password and userID. Let me know if you haven't got it or if it doesn't work!
    • Get yourself a free FTP programme such as Fugu, Cyberduck or WinSCP. You'll use this a lot to upload stuff to Oracc. Make sure you use SFTP (secure FTP) when you log in to (you can't log in with insecure FTP.)
    • You'll also need to connect to Oracc with a line-command unix terminal, to give commands to Oracc. Read this page for basic instructions on how to find and use one, including how to change your Oracc password.
  2. Creating a list of texts for your corpus
    • On your own computer, make a list of the P-numbers and/or Q-numbers you want in your corpus. Follow these instructions (but ignore the last sentence as I've already done that for you).
    • Save it as a text-only file with the name proxy.lst.
  3. Uploading your text-list to Oracc
    • Open your FTP programme and log in to on the SFTP setting. Use your Oracc user ID and password.
    • You'll see a list of folders, most of which begin with 00. Look for 00lib and open it by double-clicking.
    • Drag and drop your proxy.lst file into this folder. You can edit and replace it as many times as you like, but make sure the file name stays the same.
  4. Building your corpus
    • Open Terminal or PuTTy and type: ssh [your userID] Press return, enter your password, and press return again.
    • The first time you do this you'll get a scary message about security. Typ yes and continue.
    • Now you're in Oracc. Type oracc build and press return to build your project from proxy.lst.
    • When the process has finished, see what it looks like at[your user ID].
  5. Editing your corpus
    • You can repeat steps 2-4 as many times as you like.
    • Email me for a Skype tutorial on starting to edit your own texts.
    • Also email me if any of this is wrong or confusing please!

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