File conversion

Jeffrey M. Vinocur jeff at
Mon Apr 24 22:47:57 UTC 2006

On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Gary Lopez wrote:

> Jeffrey M. Vinocur wrote:
> > On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Gary Lopez wrote:
> > 
> >> So decided to go into the spool file and delete them and re-create the 
> >> history. Now when I run a "makedbz -i" I get this error
> >>
> >>> makedbz -i
> >>> makedbz: failed to malloc 60000000 bytes at dbz.c line 1282: Resource temporarily unavailable
> > 
> > Wait, did you run makehistory before makedbz?
> To be honest I think I did. Is that a problem? 

I don't think it's a problem per se (it might even have been necessary, 
depending on exactly what the original problem was).  Certainly makedbz 
alone, without makehistory first, is silly.

So if you ran makehistory, you should have a history file that accurately
represents your spool.  If you run `wc -l history` to count how many
entries there are in the history file, do you get a number that's about
how many articles you think you should have?

Anyway, makedbz is confused about something and trying to allocate too
much memory.  So I think it might be useful to try `makedbz -s` and give
it the number of articles you have (above).

Jeffrey M. Vinocur
jeff at

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