This command must be run before any other process can access the overview database. ovdb_init is normally invoked automatically by rc.news when starting the news system.
ovdb_init performs the following steps:
- Creates the database environment, if necessary.
- If the database is idle (and if the -u option is not specified), it performs a normal recovery. The recovery will remove stale locks, recreate the memory pool cache, and repair any damage caused by a system crash or improper shutdown.
- If the -u option is specified, it performs any necessary upgrades to the database. See the Upgrading section below.
- Starts the database housekeeping processes (ovdb_monitor) if they are not already running. (Unless the -r option is specified).
- Starts the ovdb readserver processes (ovdb_server) if readserver in ovdb.conf is true, and if they are not already running. (Unless the -r option is specified).
Returns exit status of
0 if all steps were completed successfully. In the event of an error, messages are written to syslog and/or stderr.
If a recovery was attempted but failed, the database may be damaged beyond repair, requiring a rebuild with makehistory.
This command can be run multiple times.
Perform recovery only. ovdb_monitor is not started.
Perform any needed upgrades. Recovery is not attempted. ovdb_monitor is started if the upgrade succeeded.
There are two situations in which the database will need to be upgraded:
- You upgrade the Berkeley DB library to a newer version, for example from 2.7.7 to 3.1.17. In this case, the Berkeley DB db->upgrade() method is used.
- You upgrade ovdb to a newer major version; i.e., ovdb-1.0 (shipped with INN 2.3.0 up to INN 2.3.5) to ovdb-2.0 (since INN 2.4.0).
In both of these cases, the database is upgraded in-place; and the upgrade cannot be undone. Do not interrupt the upgrade process once it has started, because there is a risk of irrepairable corruption. The upgrade may take several minutes to complete. If an upgrade does get interrupted, try running the upgrade again.
Here's an example procedure to upgrade a database created with Berkeley DB 2.7.7 to use Berkeley DB 3.1.17:
- Build and install the Berkeley DB 3.1.17 version;
- Run configure in the INN source tree and make sure it picks up the right Berkeley DB directory (e.g., /usr/local/BerkeleyDB.3.1);
- Do a
- Shut down INN (e.g., with
rc.news stop) and be sure to kill all instances of nnrpd as well;
- Do a
make updateto install the new binaries;
ovdb_init -uas the news user;
- Start INN with the
Note that the -u option can be used even if no upgrades are needed.
Written by Heath Kehoe <firstname.lastname@example.org> for InterNetNews.
$Id: ovdb_init.pod 10241 2018-02-04 15:38:19Z iulius $
ovdb(5), makehistory(8), rc.news(8).
makehistory(8), ovdb(5), ovdb_monitor(8), ovdb_server(8).