[arch-dev-public] Problem with web dashboard: massive orphaning of packages

Thomas Bächler thomas at archlinux.org
Sat Sep 13 03:41:52 EDT 2008

Dusty Phillips schrieb:
> a) is WTF.  I just checked the current state of the db.tar.gz and they
> seem to contain packages that reporead claims were removed. So it
> doesn't look like anything is breaking the db.tar.gz. It seems more
> like reporead is not reading the whole file. But its still possible
> the db.tar.gz has been fixed since the error occurred.

Just an idea here: Instead of removing deleted packages from the db, we 
could add a "deleted on" column with a date in it. archweb will only 
display the lines which have this set to NULL. When we delete a package, 
we set this to the current date/time. When we readd a package, all the 
maintainer info (and probably other stuff) is still there (as readding 
is simply setting the field to "NULL" again). Only when a package has 
been deleted for at least 2 weeks, a cleanup script removes it from the 

This will save us MUCH trouble next time reporead has a bug like this.

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