Managing External Modules in FossLook

FossLook External Modules

When it comes to managing external modules in FossLook, first of all you need to decide what tasks specifically you want to accomplish. If you want to simply enable some external module available in your license, the best tool for this job would be simplified FossLook Administrator. It will allow you to do this without any additional settings and hassle.

But if you need to do some more magic with external modules, like change some configuration settings or reload modules schemas, you'll need something a bit more powerful than simple administrator.

Extended FossLook Administrator has much more functionality hidden under the hood. Here you can delete modules, reload their schemas, set their startup type, connection strings and mange other settings.

Let's look at how we can create an external module here. In the extended administrator go to "System dictionaries"/"External modules" and click "Create".

Press this button to create new external module

You'll see a window where you need to fill in certain parameters. The main thing here is to select a path to the module. Click on the button "...", and select the folder where your external module is located. By default all external modules are located in:C:\Program Files\FOSS\FossLook\FossLook Application Server\EM.

Selecting module path

Next, open the folder of the module you want to connect and select any file in it. The system will automatically fill in all necessary parameters like module name, path, description, type, etc.

Starting and saving a module

Finally, click "Start" and check that your new module now has status "Started".

Status of the module - Started

You may also notice that there's an option called "Reload modules schemas". This operation may be needed if you've accidentally deleted or made unwanted changes to the system objects, and you want to undo the changes. Keep in mind that custom libraries that were created on the server, will not be changed. After the schema reload procedure, it's necessary to restart the server.

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