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Amazon S3 - How to Customize Bucket Explorer Configuration Properties?

 
Bucket Explorer allows you to customize the configuration properties. This will lead Bucket Explorer to run and appear according to its properties. You can customize the configuration properties via User Interface of Bucket Explorer and change the tag values of configuration properties manually in BucketExplorer.xml.


1. You can customize the following configuration properties via User Interface of Bucket Explorer:

 
 
Page Size

Click to watch video for changing page sige It shows the number of files which can be displayed at the time of listing. By default, we have set it to 1000.

You can change the Page Size setting by:

  1. Go to Tools -> Advance Preferences Menu option.
  2. In  General Setting tab, Change the value of Page Size as desired and click on ‘Save’ button to save the settings.
  3. Now whenever you list object of any bucket, you will find the list of objects according to the page size which has been set.
  4. If there are more objects than the page size, you will find Next button at the top right corner of object table window.
  5. By clicking on Next button, you can see the list of the next objects.
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Show ACL

Click to watch show acl It shows Access Control Permissions of Buckets and Objects at the time of listing. If you are not showing ACL in listing, this will lead to fast listing of Buckets and objects. As it stops the fetching of ACL's, this is useful for all those who have large amount of files in their Buckets and want to fasten the listing process. By default we have set it to 'checked'.
You can change the Show ACL setting by -

  1. Go to Tools -> Advance Preferences menu option.
  2. In General Setting tab, Uncheck the value of Show ACL check box and click on ‘Save'.
  3. Now, ACLs of bucket and objects will not be shown at the time of bucket/object listing.
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Retry Queue

automatic re-try for failed amazon s3 operations Bucket Explorer automatically retries the failed processes in queue. By default Bucket Explorer retries 3 times and you can customize this retry limit in preferences panel option in Tools menu. This retry also works with Bucket Commander.
Bucket Explorer allows you to change the number of automatic retries for queue by:

  1. Go to  Tools -> Advance Preferences menu at menu bar.
  2. Then go to Queue Setting tab.
  3. Choose the value of Retry Queue from the combo box between 0 to 9 and click on  ‘Save’
  4. Bucket Explorer automatically retries the failed processes in queue according to the value you choose.


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Bucket Explorer Main UI configuration

Click to watch video for updating UI configuration It shows the dimension of Bucket Explorer main UI. You can alter this by dragging UI window with the help of mouse.
To change Bucket Explorer Main UI configuration:

  1. Run Bucket Explorer.
  2. It will show Bucket Explorer main UI.
  3. Now change the size of Bucket Explorer main UI with the help of mouse.
  4. Close Bucket Explorer and run again.
  5. You will find the window in the last restored state.
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Tips and Tricks

Click to watch video for tips and tricks It shows the Tips and Tricks at the start up of Bucket Explorer. Bucket Explorer provides Tips and Tricks for both beginners and existing users in getting information of Bucket Explorer's advanced features, which are not easy to understand. By default, Tips and Tricks window is displayed at the startup.
If you don't want to show Tips and Tricks on startup, then follow these steps -

  1. Run Bucket Explorer and click on  Help -> Tips & Tricks
  2. It will show Tips & Tricks window at start up.
  3. There will be a check box (Show Tip on Start up) to show Tips and Tricks, uncheck this Check box and close the window.
  4. The next time you run Bucket Explorer,  Tips & Tricks window will not be displayed at start up.
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Copy To Temp Before Upload

Bucket Explorer copies the files into Bucket Explorer's temp folder before uploading them to S3, but it slows down the uploading process when files are too big, because copying files from source to temp folder takes time. Bucket Explorer supports a feature to skip it for fast uploading. By default Bucket Explorer skips this process but if you want to save uploaded files to Bucket Explorer temp, then you can change its value as Yes in  Advance Preferences.

If a frequently changing file is being uploaded, you can avoid the failure in uploading process due to Etag mismatch, by copying that file in Bucket Explorer temp folder and then upload it to the selected bucket. You can customize this limit by changing its value.

  1. Run Bucket Explorer.
  2. Go to Tools -> Advance Preferences . Choose Queue Setting tab.
  3. Set Copy to Temp Before Upload combo box value to Yes Or No .
  4. If you choose ‘Yes’ , it will set true for tag < CopyToTempBeforeUpload > in BucketExplorer.xml; else it will set false in the tag value.
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Quick Comparer

upload-download files by comparing hash and size or name and size Bucket Explorer provides a new feature named 'Quick Comparer' . This feature compares only the  Name and Size of local file with existing S3 file instead of Name and Hash value of file. It will take very less time to compare during Upload , Download , Copy  and other operations. This feature also allows you to choose Overwrite, Skip, Skip All and Overwrite All, for the existing objects/ files. You can customize the quick comparer option.
To alter the value of Quick Comparer option, you can follow these steps -

  1. Run Bucket Explorer.
  2. Go to  Tools->Advance Preferences . Go to Queue Setting tab.
  3. Change the value for Queue option action as compared with , and Set the check box for “ Remember setting for each queue operation ” checked.
  4. It will change the configuration properties for Quick Comparer option.
Refer to the following page to know more about Quick Comparer -
How to use quick comparer?
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Number of Days To Keep Queue History:

Bucket Explorer has a feature to keep the queue history for a maximum of 7 days(By Default). If the queue has processed 7 days before the current date, it will be removed from the BE queue folder.

If you want to change its default value using User interface, then follow these steps:-
  1. Run Bucket Explorer.
  2. Go to  Tools->Advance Preferences . Choose General Setting tab.
  3. Set desired value in "Number of days to keep queue history" combo box.
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Maximum number of threads running at a time in queue:

With this feature Bucket Explorer can control the no. of threads to perform the operation in queue. In the default setting, Bucket Explorer can run a maximum of 5 threads at a time. You can customize this limit by changing the tag value in BuckteExplorer.xml file (default tag value is 5). Know More

If you want to customize using User interface, then follow these steps:

  1. Run Bucket Explorer.
  2. Click on  Tool -> Advance Preferences . Choose Queue Setting tab.
  3. Change the value of maximum threads to your desired value.
  4. Click on Save Button.
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Maximum allowed size for uploading data:

This feature controls the parallel upload in queue. Before starting the next upload in queue, it checks if the sum of running uploads and the next uploading file exceeds the configured size of the  Maximum Allowed Size. If the does, BucketExplorer will not start the next upload. If the size of files being uploaded is more than 100 MB, only one thread will run. Let's say we have three files to run at queue respectively ‘a of size 35 MB’ , ‘b of size 70 MB’ and ‘c of size 65 MB’. In configuration xml, it is set to 100 MB. So when we process these files in queue, ‘a’ will be processed alone as the sum of the sizes of ‘a’ and ‘b’ exceeds 100 MB. Now file ‘b’ will also be processed alone in queue since sum of the sizes of ‘b’ and ‘c’ exceeds 100 MB. Then ‘c will be processed. Default value of the Maximum Allowed Size is 100 MB data. You can customize this limit by changing the tag value of <RunningQueueDataFactor > to your  desired value in BuckteExplorer.xml file (default tag value is 100 MB). Know More

Using User interface, follow these steps:

  1. Run Bucket Explorer and click on  Tool -> Advance Preferences .
  2. Go to Queue Setting tab.
  3. Change the value of the  Allowed Maximum Size to your desired value.
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2. There are some more tags in BucketExplorer.xml which can be altered manually ONLY to customize configuration properties:

 
  1. < QueueContainerSize > : With this feature, you can queue a chunk of a maximum of 500 files. If the number of files/object is more than 500, it will first queue the 500 objects and process them and after that it will queue the remaining objects in chunk of 500 objects. You can customize this limit by changing the tag value of QueueContainerSize to desired value in BuckteExplorer.xml file (default tag value is 500).
  2. < Multiple_Object_Per_Request_Count > : With this feature, you can process multiple objects at one request. We can process a maximum of 5 objects at one request/thread.
    You can customize this limit by changing the tag value of Multiple_Object_Per_Request_Count to desired value in BuckteExplorer.xml file (default tag value is 5).
  3. < SkipDiskSizeBeforeDownload > : With this feature, Bucket Explorer will check the free space in local system before downloading a file. The file size is configurable by its user. The tag is used to configure the file size. Disk space will be checked for files that have more size than the configured value. So Bucket Explorer will check the available space in the local system where you want to download the file. If there is not enough free space available in local system, Bucket Explorer will not download that file (default tag value is 10 MB).
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