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From: Eric Wong <e@yhbt.net>
To: meta@public-inbox.org
Subject: [PATCH 04/14] doc: add some notes around -xcpdb / -edit / -purge
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 02:11:55 +0000
Message-ID: <20200810021205.18909-5-e@yhbt.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200810021205.18909-1-e@yhbt.net>

These rarely-used commands have some caveats that needed
expanding on.
---
 Documentation/public-inbox-edit.pod  | 14 ++++++++++++++
 Documentation/public-inbox-purge.pod | 14 ++++++++++++++
 Documentation/public-inbox-xcpdb.pod | 15 +++++++++++++--
 3 files changed, 41 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/public-inbox-edit.pod b/Documentation/public-inbox-edit.pod
index c64b4da8..3853fa9c 100644
--- a/Documentation/public-inbox-edit.pod
+++ b/Documentation/public-inbox-edit.pod
@@ -91,6 +91,20 @@ See L<public-inbox-config(5)>
 
 Only L<v2|public-inbox-v2-format(5)> repositories are supported.
 
+This is safe to run while normal inbox writing tools
+(L<public-inbox-mda(1)>, L<public-inbox-watch(1)>,
+L<public-inbox-learn(1)>) are active.
+
+Running this in parallel with L<public-inbox-xcpdb(1)> or
+C<"public-inbox-index --reindex"> can lead to errors or
+edited data remaining indexed.
+
+Incremental L<public-inbox-index(1)> (without C<--reindex>)
+is fine.
+
+Keep in mind this is a last resort, as it will be distruptive
+to anyone using L<git(1)> to mirror the inbox being edited.
+
 =head1 CONTACT
 
 Feedback welcome via plain-text mail to L<mailto:meta@public-inbox.org>
diff --git a/Documentation/public-inbox-purge.pod b/Documentation/public-inbox-purge.pod
index 56a3f95a..e20e18df 100644
--- a/Documentation/public-inbox-purge.pod
+++ b/Documentation/public-inbox-purge.pod
@@ -51,6 +51,20 @@ See L<public-inbox-config(5)>
 
 Only L<public-inbox-v2-format(5)> inboxes are supported.
 
+This is safe to run while normal inbox writing tools
+(L<public-inbox-mda(1)>, L<public-inbox-watch(1)>,
+L<public-inbox-learn(1)>) are active.
+
+Running this in parallel with L<public-inbox-xcpdb(1)> or
+C<"public-inbox-index --reindex"> can lead to errors or
+purged data remaining indexed.
+
+Incremental L<public-inbox-index(1)> (without C<--reindex>)
+is fine.
+
+Keep in mind this is a last resort, as it will be distruptive
+to anyone using L<git(1)> to mirror the inbox being purged.
+
 =head1 CONTACT
 
 Feedback welcome via plain-text mail to L<mailto:meta@public-inbox.org>
diff --git a/Documentation/public-inbox-xcpdb.pod b/Documentation/public-inbox-xcpdb.pod
index 89eed079..2ed4c582 100644
--- a/Documentation/public-inbox-xcpdb.pod
+++ b/Documentation/public-inbox-xcpdb.pod
@@ -11,8 +11,9 @@ public-inbox-xcpdb - upgrade Xapian DB formats
 public-inbox-xcpdb is similar to L<copydatabase(1)> for
 upgrading to the latest database format supported by Xapian
 (e.g. "glass" or "honey"), but is designed to tolerate and
-recover from Xapian database modifications from
-L<public-inbox-watch(1)> or L<public-inbox-mda(1)>.
+accept parallel Xapian database modifications from
+L<public-inbox-watch(1)>, L<public-inbox-mda(1)>,
+L<public-inbox-learn(1)>, and L<public-inbox-index(1)>.
 
 =head1 OPTIONS
 
@@ -80,6 +81,16 @@ used by public-inbox, NOT users upgrading public-inbox itself.
 In particular, it DOES NOT upgrade the schema used by the
 PSGI search interface (see L<public-inbox-index(1)>).
 
+=head1 LIMITATIONS
+
+Do not use L<public-inbox-purge(1)> or L<public-inbox-edit(1)>
+while this is running; old (purged or edited data) may show up.
+
+Normal invocations L<public-inbox-index(1)> can safely run
+while this is running, too.  However, reindexing via the
+L<public-inbox-index(1)/--reindex> switch will be a waste of
+computing resources.
+
 =head1 CONTACT
 
 Feedback welcome via plain-text mail to L<mailto:meta@public-inbox.org>

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-08-10  2:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-10  2:11 [PATCH 00/14] more indexing related improvements Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 01/14] index: require --reindex when using --xapian-only Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 02/14] index: --sequential-shard works incrementally Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 03/14] doc: index: more notes about latest changes Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:38   ` Kyle Meyer
2020-08-10  6:29     ` Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` Eric Wong [this message]
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 05/14] index+xcpdb: improve SIG{INT,TERM,HUP,PIPE} behavior Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 06/14] msgmap: tmp_clone: simplify + meaningful filename Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 07/14] avoid File::Temp::tempfile in more places Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:11 ` [PATCH 08/14] admin: use a generic veriable name Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:38   ` Kyle Meyer
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 09/14] index: cleanup internal variables Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 10/14] searchidx: use singular `$opt' for consistency with v2 Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 11/14] convert: support new -index options Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 12/14] convert: speed up --help Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 13/14] convert: check ARGV more correctly Eric Wong
2020-08-10  2:12 ` [PATCH 14/14] convert: set No_COW on copied SQLite files Eric Wong

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