overview troubles with Solaris-8 and 2.3.2

Dickon Hood dickon.hood at bbc.co.uk
Tue Jun 12 20:36:53 UTC 2001

On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 15:47:05 -0400, Mark G. Thomas wrote:

: Any suggestions about the below?

: I'm still having trouble with buffindexed ovmethod and 2.3.2 on my 
: Solaris-8 box.

: After my original upgrade from inn-1.72 to 2.3.2, I had trouble
: with expireover core dumping.  I then remade my overview buffers,
: re-created my history and overview data a second time (with 
: makehistory and makedbz again), all seemed fine for a couple weeks, but then 
: all of a sudden expireover went from taking 3-6 hours to taking almost an
: entire day, for the past couple days!

This is interesting.

A longish time ago (October or so last year, IIRC), we installed a fairly
major project on the website: the Central User Database.  Part of that CUD
is based on Berkeley DB files (used via a Perl process or two).  These
worked perfectly happily on Solaris 7, but oddly corrupted when moved to
sol. 8.  We don't know why - the one person who might have a clue jumped
ship to work for a bunch of beancounters in central London...

Now I see people complaining here about overview database problems on Sol.
8 machines, which appear to be Berkeley DB related.  I myself have been
suffering problems using Solaris 8 and inn 2.3.1 (again, odd ovdb errors:
mycw xovers have been losing articles for no very good reason that I can
see; request a missing article by article number and it's there - it's
also present via message ID).  My workaround is to rebuild the database
every night (0400 is a reasonable time, I feel), but then I'm running a
system which isn't even Usenet...

Oh, and can anyone tell me if I should run expireover with inn throttled
or not?  The manpage is unclear.  My gut feeling is it should be, but I'm
not ATM - this is another potential cause of corruption...

Dickon Hood

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