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Manual Reference Pages  -  DILOADFROMSPOOL (8)


diloadfromspool - Diablo program to regenerate dhistory database from spool




diloadfromspool [ -a ] [ -e ] [ -F dhistory-file ] [ -f ] [ -h hashtablesize ] [ -n ] [ -Q ] [ -q ] [ -S nn ] [ -u ] [ -v ] [spooldirs/spoolfiles]


DILoadFromSpool will scan the entire spool, specified spool directories, or specified spool articles. It extracts article location, size, message-id, and placement information and creates any missing dhistory file records.

This command is typically used to recover a lost or partially lost dhistory database from the spool. The program may be run without shutting down an active Diablo system.

Articles are sanity-checked before being added. The number of lines must match the Lines: header and the NUL guard character is expected to exist after each article.

-a Instruction DILoadFromSpool to scan the entire spool. This could take a long time but since each spool file contains multiple articles, not as long as scanning an equivalent INN V1 spool might take.

-e A special unexpire option that only scans the history file and marks all expired articles as unexpired. This option doesn’t scan the spool. Note that articles not found on the spool will be marked as expired by the next run of dexpire.

-F dhistory-file Allows you to specify the dhistory file to work on. If not specified, the diablo default dhistory file is used. Note, however, that you MUST specify a specific file if you use the -f option as a safety precaution.

-f Turn on special-fast mode. This locks the history file through the entire procedure. This also causes the base hash table to be cached and written then written out when the load operation has completed. DiLoadFromSpool will create the history file you supply as an argument and will refuse to run if it is already pre-existing. This option should only be used to increase speed when creating a new dhistory file from scratch.

-h hashtablesize The default hash table size is 4 million entries (-h 4m). You can set it to any power of two but the suggested size is 4m or 8m. Do NOT forget the ’m’ for million, or you will be a very unhappy camper. If you do not specify this option, the default in diablo.config is used, or 4m if no default exists anywhere.

-n prevents the program from actually adding any new records

-Q Scan spool (ignores history and history options) for articles and print the articles found in a format suitable for drequeue. The output is effectively that of a queue file, with the Newsgroups: line appended.

-q Turn on quiet mode. The program prints out its progress in a less verbose manner then usual.

-u May be used with special-fast mode to re-enable checking for duplicates. You have the advantage of locking the history file throughout the entire operation, but can still use a pre-existing history file to ’update’.

-S nn Instruct diloadfromspool to only scan the spool object specified. The spool object is the spool object number as specified in dspool.ctl.

-v Turn on verbose mode. The program prints out its progress in a more verbose manner then usual.

D.xxxxxxxx Specify a spool directory to scan. All B.xxxx spool files in the directory will be scanned. You may specify multiple spool directories on the command line if you wish. Note that you must be CD’d to the top of the news spool and you must specify the directory name in the ’D.xxxxxxxx’ form.

D.xxxxxxxx/B.xxxx Specify a spool file to scan. You may specify multiple spool files on the command line. Note that you must be CD’d to the top of the news spool and you must specify the spool file in the ’D.xxxxxxxx/B.xxxx’ form.


diablo(8), dicmd(8), didump(8), diload(8), dnewslink(8), doutq(8), dexpire(8), dexpireover(8), diconvhist(8), dilookup(8), dspoolout(8), dnewsfeeds(5), dkp(8), dpath(8), diablo-kp(5), diablo-files(5)

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