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 Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2019-01-16 03:49

By now, I sense that some of you are aware that our "way back machine" known as the BB search engine is not working properly.

I notified Mark C over a week ago concerning this. It must be a pretty tough software problem to solve.

For example:

1) Using my name yields nothing after 1-1-2016
2) I put in "kdk" and found nothing after 1-1-2017
3) I put in "Paul Aviles" and found nothing after 1-1-2017
4) I put in "seabreeze" and found 11 posts in 2017; 5 in 2018; and nothing in 2019

However, perhaps your results may be different.

Hopefully, this will be resolved soon.



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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-16 08:13

I tried to recall anything that I said or did prior to 2017 and found nothing as well. :-)






................Paul Aviles



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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2019-01-16 09:22

Well, Paul, actually you did! When I did another search using your full name, here's what I found before and after 2017:

2010--560 posts
2011--463 posts
2012--501 posts
2013--447 posts
2014--936 posts
2015--1 post
2016--1 post
2017--0 posts
2018--0 posts
2019--0 posts

Yep, there's a problem...



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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-01-16 10:07

On a serious note, I did stay away for the totality of 2016 and 2017. I was in school for audio engineering and thought that I would certainly have no more time for the foolishness that is clarinet playing.........and didn't want to miss it too much.


Now I realize that I need to have the clarinet as a diversion even if and when things become too busy (still theoretical).



So put me down for one more post in 2019! :-)




..................Paul Aviles



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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2019-01-16 23:01

Once I switched from professional music (violin) to engineering, I found that being an "amateur" was the best of both worlds....I was a very good fit in my job, and I loved being able to play music without the pressure of having to get it perfect. Practice became my meditation instead of my stress, and I ended up finding that I love learning new instruments more than I love trying to perfect just one.

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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Mark Charette 2017
Date:   2019-01-18 00:17

It comes down to not enough memory. I skinny down our trio of servers to the bare minimum to keep costs down. But, over time, the 2GB of memory in the db engine just ran out, so the lowest priority process running during the search indexing time, the indexer itself, got killed off. That indexer is a memory hog, as are most of them.

I'll double up the memory this evening (and double the CPU, though that's not been a limiting factor) - the server will be down 30-40 minutes while it migrates to a bigger server. $10/mo more. Not horrible.

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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Dan Shusta 
Date:   2019-01-18 01:23

Mark,

It appears that almost everything from 2017 onward is missing. Are these posts gone forever?

I had no idea concerning how much it costs to keep a system like yours operating from month to month.

It also appears to me that the advertising revenue simply wasn't enough to keep the entire system at its operational peak.

I would like to suggest having a special fund drive.



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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Mark Charette 2017
Date:   2019-01-18 01:26

Dan Shusta wrote:

> Mark,
>
> It appears that almost everything from 2017 onward is missing.
> Are these posts gone forever?

Oh no, they're in the database! The program that extracts and indexes them is failing.

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 Re: Search engine malfunctioning
Author: Mark Charette 2017
Date:   2019-01-18 05:17

Search is up & running properly again!

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