RePEc step-by-step tutorial

Preparing your http server for RePEc

You have a http server. RePEc services need to see what files are in each of the relevant directories. This means that either You also need to make sure that the server actually servers files with a .rdf extension. As far as we know, this is only a proble with the Microsoft IIS server, which by default does not server these files. The configuration needs to be changed in this regard by the webmaster. Other servers are fine, unless the webmaster explicitly bans .rdf files.

You can easily test whether this works by simply looking at your RePEc archive with your favorite web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, etc.). If you can see the contents of your directories inclding the .rdf files, you are ready. If you get a "XML Parsing Error" when looking at a .rdf file, do not worry: your browser got the file (which matters), but could not interpret it (that is RePEc's job).

For more details regarding web servers, see this FAQ.

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