makehistory failure

Russ Allbery rra at
Thu Jul 27 20:37:10 UTC 2000

Hubbard, Matt <m.hubbard at> writes:

> INN 2.2.2 CNFS, Solaris 7

> My makehistory command I was running failed with the following error:

> sort: write error while sorting: No space left on device
> Can't sort history file (exit 2), No such file or directory

> [1]+  Exit 1     makehistory -i -O -I /n1/news/tmp/indfile -T /n1/news/tmp

> The temp dir I'd told it to use had 2.9 GB left on it, there's 380MB of
> swap. The history temp file it created is 380 MB.

The temporary file it's generating is the overview information rather than
the history information.  I'm guessing that your sort isn't properly
taking the temporary directory argument and is sorting in /var/tmp, or at
least that's where I've seen this problem before.

Russ Allbery (rra at             <>

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