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[protege-discussion] Protege on Linux server without graphical interface

Tania Tudorache tudorache at
Mon Oct 27 03:33:42 PDT 2008

Hi Katja,

I just want to add to Jonathan's reply. It is not problem to run the 
server without UI. The already comes with the 
"headless" option enabled in the script:


so, you don't have to do anything special.

To make the back-ups, you can also use the Protege archive mechanism, 
which you can access programmatically and can schedule it to run as a 
script at regular intervals of time. This solution also takes care of 
backing up the pprj file. (which is not critical, because it does not 
change in client-server mode)


Jonathan Carter wrote:
> Hi Katja,
> I've been running Protege 3.4 as a server for about a year now on a 
> windows server and this runs without the GUI in what it calls 
> "headless mode". So, it's definitely possible. I do "manage" some 
> changes, e.g. to forms, by stopping the server and running Protege in 
> stand-alone mode.
> However, to do backups, I simply get the database to run scheduled 
> backups and I have some scripts that run automatically to copy the 
> .PPRJ file as a backup. 
> Backing up the database - just set up a scheduled MySQL backup - will 
> cover your ontology in terms of both the Instances and the Classes. 
> So, any changes made by the Protege clients will be covered by the 
> database backups.
> To make sure that any changes you make to the Forms are not lost, you 
> need to backup the .PPRJ file.
> That will do it.
> Hope this helps - let me know if I've missed something
> Regards
> Jonathan
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> On 24 Oct 2008, at 12:46, Katja Niemann wrote:
>> Hallo,
>> I have been using Protege 3.4 since a half year and I am very happy with
>> it. At the moment, Protege runs on a windows server in multi-user mode
>> and uses a mysql database as back-end.
>> Now we want to transfer Protege to a linux server without graphical
>> interface.
>> My question is: Is it possible to pre-configure Protege in a way that I
>> don't need the GUI? Is it even possible to create e.g. backups without
>> the GUI?
>> Thank you in advance for your help!
>> Best,
>> Katja Niemann
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