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Dinstall status


If you are one of the majority of people that have no access to Debians
ftp-master host, but still do want to know in which state our main
archive update, the dinstall run, is:
http://ftp-master.debian.org/dinstall.status to the rescue.

This file is now updated during dinstall. It is not telling exactly
which function is currently running, that would be too much detail (we
have over 50), but it is giving a good overview of the area dinstall is
in. There are currently 6 states it reports:

  * Startup Here we do an initial backup dump of our database, update
            various external resources like the i18n/ structure.

  * Indices During that part we generate various files you can find in
            indices/ and prepare everything for the next state.

  * packages/contents This part is currently one of the longest running,
                      the actual write-out of our Packages/Sources and
                      Contents files. Expect that to stay around for an
                      hour til two each time.

  * dists/ Directly after the packages files. Everything thats needed to
           finish the dists/ directory, like creating the (much hated)
           pdiff files and the release files.

  * scripts We run various small actions in here, including the final
            preparation for the mirror tree, making all the changes
            visible to the world.

  * postlock From here on a lot of actions run in parallel. Basically
             general cleanup and householding actions that do not modify
             the visible archive.

  * all done Who would have thought, we are all done.

The format of the file is pretty simple, it consists of 3 lines, at the
time of writing this blog post it looks like

Dinstall start: Sun Dec 20 07:52:01 UTC 2009 (1261295521)
Current action: scripts
Action start: Sun Dec 20 09:12:08 UTC 2009 (1261300328)

It tells when dinstall started, what the current action is and when that
one started. In case you want to do some math on the dates it is also
provided as an epoch.

Have fun.

bye, Joerg
Some AM after a mistake:
Sigh.  One shouldn't AM in the early AM, as it were.  <grin>

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