Some problems with himarks in active file
julien at trigofacile.com
Thu Jan 20 17:02:36 UTC 2011
> What is the maximum possible number of himark/lowmark in active file?
> I have a problem with numbers more than 2147483647 (31 bits, signed
> long, or something?)
I'm afraid it is the maximum possible number…
See Section 6 of RFC 3977:
Article numbers MUST lie between 1 and 2,147,483,647, inclusive. The
client and server MAY use leading zeroes in specifying article
numbers but MUST NOT use more than 16 digits. In some situations,
the value zero replaces an article number to show some special
Note that it is likely that the article number limit of 2,147,483,647
will be increased by a future revision or extension to this
specification. While servers MUST NOT send article numbers greater
than this current limit, client and server developers are advised to
use internal structures and datatypes capable of handling larger
values in anticipation of such a change.
The protocol does not define (yet) a way to use higher numbers for
INN does not handle that, and I do not think it will be implemented
soon. We first need to specify how the extension to the protocol should
be dealt with.
Meanwhile, the only solution I see for your problem is to renumber the
newsgroups to start from 1. I know there are drawbacks for readers but
we do not have any other solution with INN.
(Ray already did that with eternal-september. Maybe he could give you
some tips if you wish to do the same thing.)
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