Proxy Storage

Although each proxy file is typically quite small, making proxy files for all of your media can take up a considerable amount of space (usually 5-10% the size of the media axle is managing).

Default Proxy Storage Location

The default proxy location is /Library/WebServer/Documents/axle/(archival), and all newly created catalogs will use this location automatically.

Changing the Proxy Storage Location

Note We recommend using a local or direct-attach storage device for proxy storage. If you would like to use network storage, it must be mounted using the NFS protocol, and not be part of an axle catalog.

You can change the proxy storage location for each catalog from the catalog section of the admin pages.

You can confirm the current proxy storage for each catalog by looking at the catalog information section at the top of the page.

To change the proxy location, scroll down to the bottom of the catalog page to the section titled Change the Proxy Folder

Select the catalog you would like to change from the dropdown menu, then click the lock icon to the right of the empty field. This will pop up a window with instructions on how to change the proxy location. To read the entire window, it may be necessary to zoom out your browser window (cmd - on Mac). If you are using Safari, you can drag and drop your target folder into the empty field at the top. Otherwise, you will have to type or paste the full path to the folder.

The grey text in the middle box will change to use the address you entered in the field. Follow the instructions in the window to copy the text into the computer's Apache settings. Note that you only need to follow these instructions once per proxy location. Once the text is in the Apache settings you do not need to do it again if you change a different catalog's proxy storage to the same location.

Once you are finished, click the check button at the bottom of the window, which will change to a proceed button if the check went well. Click proceed, then click the Change proxies location button. axle will automatically move your proxies to the new location. You can see the progress by right-clicking the proxy folder in Finder and choosing get info. In the window that appears, you can see the size of the folder in the top-right corner. Once the number stops growing, the transfer is complete.

You will sometimes see a pipe error notification after changing the proxy location -- simply close the administrator pages tab and open it again.

You will have to restart the computer to view the proxies in the browser.