The collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Arbil below is work in progress.


What can I do when I get the following error-message for using Arbil webstart on a MAC-OS?

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If you get the error-message after successfully downloading the webstart-version to your computer displayed in the figure above consult your terminal (on the top of your browser on the right, click on the search function called ‘spotlight’, type “terminal” and press “enter”). Type “javaws” in the terminal then press the “space”-key. Now drag the webstart-version which has been downloaded to your local folders into the terminal. Here now about 3 lines will be added. Press enter. Now you should be able to open the webstart-version and work with Arbil.

What file types are considered archivable?

A list of file types that get accepted by the MPI LAT Archive can be found in Appendix A of the LAMUS manual.

How do I add a resource of type X to my metadata?

If the resource has been found to be archivable by the type checker, which automatically processes all files in the working directories added to Arbil, you can simply drag it to a metadata instance in your local corpus. If the type checker has decided that the file is not archivable, you can override the type checker decision by right clicking the resource in the Working Directories and choosing Override Typechecker Decision. Be aware that if you do this your corpus may be rejected at a later stage if your goal is to upload it into the archive.

The option Add from favourites does not work. What shall I do?

This is a problem you may come across when using Windows as operating system. The easiest way to fix it is to change the location of the Arbil working directory that automatically originates on your machine when starting the application. To do so, go first to the Options menu and then to Local Corpus storage Directory; select Move Local Corpus storage Directory and choose a location (e.g. Data (D:)). Now you should be able to add from favourites in the local corpus.
NOTE: remember that you have to right click the direct parent in order to see the list of favourites that can be moved.
If the problem persists, then you can simply drag and drop the favourite(s) you want to move into the node(s) in the local corpus.

I cannot open the table I copied via Copy Table for Website in a new webpage. Why?

It has to do with the current problematic functioning of Java applets. Unfortunately they seem not to work at the moment, but in the future new, alternative ways of making this Copy Table for Website option work properly may be found and applied.

When I add new CMDI profiles to the list I do not see them immediately displayed. Why?

At the moment there are some issues with the display of the profiles list, issues that will be hopefully solved soon. However, you can always work this problem around by scrolling down the profiles list and then scrolling up again. In this way you should be able to see the profiles added.

How can I move my Local Corpus Storage Directory to a network folder on Windows?

For some users it might be useful to have the Local Corpus on a network drive to facilitate easier collaboration or reliable backup. On Windows Arbil struggles a bit if you just navigate to the folder through
‘Network Folders’. It works fine if you map the network folder to a local drive, e.g. to the Z: drive. To do this use the Map Network Drive function from the Computer section in the Start menu.

How can I use directories on a network share as Working Directories in Arbil on Windows?

Adding network folders directly does not work reliably in Arbil on Windows. However, it should work fine if you map the network folder to a local drive, e.g. to the Z: drive. To do this use the Map Network Drive function from the Computer section in the Start menu. Then add this drive as a Working Directory instead of the original network folder.

I just opened Arbil and my trees are not loading. What do I do?

Click on any node in the tree to initiate re-loading of the tree.

How to run Arbil on Windows without using the installer?

Download the Mac installer , unpack it (using e.g. 7zip), open the command line, go to the download location, go to and type the following: java -jar arbil-stable-2-6-1076.jar (the exact file name depends on the version number of Arbil)