Fwd: Re: [AG-TECH] Disappearing venue definitions?
mimiller at ncsa.uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 13 11:53:48 CST 2004
I meant for this to go to the list...
>Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 20:12:09 -0600
>To: Randy Groves <randy.groves at boeing.com>
>From: Michael Miller <mimiller at ncsa.uiuc.edu>
>Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Disappearing venue definitions?
>I've seen this problem as well. It usually means that the VenueServer.py
>process couldn't find the config files. There is an Environment variable
>AGTK_USER which should point to the directory that contains all the AG
>configuration stuff. (ANL folks, correct me if this doesn't apply to the
>I solve this problem by making sure I always start the VenueServer.py in
>the directory where the .dat and .cfg files are. I'm guessing that's what
>you did? Did you start it under the same username as you had before?
>As for backups, I plan on maintaining a backup server for our Venues
>Server when it goes production. I'll use rsync to sync the directories so
>they are always the same. We also have a backup system for the entire machine.
>There is a BackupServer setting in the config file, but I've been informed
>this will be made functional in a future release.
>Hope this helps,
>At 07:31 PM 1/12/2004, you wrote:
>>Has anyone else had this happen? I've been running an AG 2.x Venue
>>server for some time now. I left it up over the holidays, but didn't
>>actually check on whether it was responsive or not. When I returned, I
>>just assumed that it had gone to sleep, although it was still running
>>(the BridgeServer was also up), so I restarted both.
>>Lo and behold, when I attempted to connect to my venues, I find that they
>>had all disappeared! The venue server was back to it's default initial
>>state. There was no 'backup' in the VenueServer.dat.bak file - it was
>>identical to the main .dat file.
>>This has happened before, and those times, I figured it was something
>>that I had done in fiddling with the configuration. But definitely NOT
>>this time. There is nothing that is obvious in the logs.
>>While my venue server is not enormous, re-entering is not a huge pain,
>>but a pain, nevertheless.
>>But this points up a fairly significant hole in the venue server workings
>>- there is no way (that I know of) to back up the server, and if that was
>>available, of restoring it if it is trashed. I presume that if a version
>>of the .dat file was available, it would be possible to manually restore
>>the server, but I have not encountered the instructions for this process,
>>if it exists.
>>Oh, and BTW - I'd check Bugzilla for something like this, but it seems to
>>be not answering its calls at the moment...
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University of Illinois - UC
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clear objectives, they will invariably do their best to achieve everything
desired, and usually deliver everything you could have hoped for and even
more." -Paul Debevec
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