Linking Resources and Catalogs
You can link a resource, such as a report or a library component, with a catalog in Logi Report, without the need of putting them in one folder. This topic describes the benefits of linking resources and catalogs and how you can set linked catalogs.
The benefits of a linked catalog compared to a copied catalog are:
- There is no need to also copy the catalog to the destination directory when you save a resource to a different location.
- When you updated the linked catalog, the resources that use the catalog can run with the updated version. However, Logi Report does not automatically update the copied catalog if you updated its original catalog since they are two independent versions.
- When the resource and its linked catalog are not in the same directory, the resource can still run with the catalog. You do not need to publish duplicate copies of the catalog that can lead to errors and inconsistencies as well as more memory and disk space usage. You can organize the reports into folders on the server without worrying about making copies of catalogs and maintaining multiple versions of the same catalog.
When you directly run a resource, the linked catalog has higher priority than the catalog in the same folder as the resource (without linked catalog, the resource will run within the selected catalog in the same folder). As for Advanced Run and Schedule, the default selected catalog is the linked catalog if there is one, however, you can change it by the option Select Another Catalog.
Setting Linked Catalog
You can set linked catalog at server level, folder level, and resource level as follows:
- To set linked catalog at server level (you need to be an administrator):
- In the Server Console, point to Administration on the system toolbar, and then select Configuration > Advanced from the drop-down menu.
- Server displays the Advanced page. Select Enable Linked Catalog, then select the Select Another Catalog link to specify the catalog as the linked catalog at server level.
- Select Save to save the change.
- Restart Server to make the settings take effect.
- To set linked catalog at folder/resource level, go to the Properties dialog box of the folder/resource, select Enable Linked Catalog, then specify the linked catalog. You can specify a linked catalog for multiple resources at a time.
- Use Specified - You can specify a linked catalog which can be any catalog in the server resource tree to the folder/resource.
- Use Inherited - If the parent level of the folder/resource has a linked catalog, you can use the parent-level linked catalog as the linked catalog of the folder/resource. For the built-in resource folders, the Public Reports folder for example, the parent level is the server level; for the other folders or resources, the parent level is the parent folder.
- If you modified the linked catalog in use after you submitted a scheduled task, the task still uses the previous catalog until you update the task information.
- When saving a page report in Page Report Studio, you can also save the original catalog as a linked catalog for the page report. It is the same case when saving a web report in Web Report Studio.
- Server links the analysis templates that you saved to their original catalogs. You cannot customize the analysis templates to link with a different catalog.