What happened to RIPE Database full text search?
Joao Luis Silva Damas joao at ripe.net
Wed Jul 22 14:35:28 CEST 1998
Dear all, "Christian Panigl, ACOnet/UniVie" <panigl at cc.univie.ac.at> writes: * Hi Joao, * * not only full text search doesn't work but also * ftp.ripe.net/ripe/dbase/split/* files are empty !!! * * Is this a related problem ? Yes. One triggered the other. * Are you already working on that ? It is already solved. The full text search indexes will take longer. To explain a bit more what happened: One of our developers deleted a little script (a perl one-liner used to clean deleted objects from the database files before generating the copies for the ftp site and the glimpse full text search engine, not a part of the database) from the source development trees (handled by CVS). When the full code was checked out to put the release together the absence of this script went unnoticed. The missing script made the automatic night job, that creates the ftp files and the glimpse indexes, stop half way through and empty files ended in the ftp site. We normally monitor these but Murphy paid us a visit and we were not doing so for the last 2 days. What we are doing to prevent this from happening again: - Going through a full review of all our checking procedures to prevent this and see if there are any other potential places for errors. I guess no system is entirely foolproof but our aim is to make the whole database setup as resilient as possible. So a complete check is never a bad thing. - Improve the monitoring of the several services that together constitute the RIPE DB service. This has been a bad month for us but we are determined to not let it happen again. Best regards, Joao Damas RIPE NCC
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