Think I found a bunch of the makehistory problem

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Sun Mar 10 18:38:59 UTC 2002

On Fri, 8 Mar 2002, Russ Allbery wrote:

> After a lot more debugging, I found an off-by-one error in the repacking
> code


I actually wanted to rebuild everything (newsreading has gotten very slow,
and I think it's overview's fault) anyway, I'll try that on 1.3 GB of
text-only gradspool and see how it goes).

By the way, I think the weird errors in syslog for this (IIRC, we were
seeing "Can't pack group, no such file or directory") are indicative of a
larger coding issue.  I haven't looked at the overview code, but in
history/ we sometimes return NULL/false to indicate an error but don't set
errno.  However, in the parent code, we log that error and thus get
whatever garbage happenned to be in errno.

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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