expireover hangs during news.daily

Panagiotis Christias P.Christias at noc.ntua.gr
Fri Aug 29 16:05:38 UTC 2003


we recently upgraded our news server to version 2.4.0 using cycbuffs
and ovdb with BerkeleyDB 3.3.11 on a FreeBSD 4.8-STABLE (20030410)
system. We did a clean installation using only the old cycbuffs and
generated from scratch the history and overview files.

INN 2.4.0 was running smoothly for about 2 weeks when a night during
the news.daily the expireover process hung along with innd. There
were no helpful entries in the log file. We had to "rc.news stop" the
ovdb_* processes, "kill -1" the expireover processes and "kill -9"
the innd. Then we restarted successfully the inn and run the
news.daily by hand ("news.daily expireover lowmark") without problem.
The news server kept running smoothly for a week or so. The same
thing happened again tonight and the night before.

Trying to find a way out, we are thinking to upgrade to the latest
inn-stable, or to BerkeleyDB 4.0/4.1, or even switch to buffindexed.

Do you have any suggestion or remedy for this problem?

Thank you in advance,

Panagiotis J. Christias    Network Management Center
P.Christias at noc.ntua.gr    National Technical Univ. of Athens, GREECE

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