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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (DERBY-5232) Put a stern README file in log and seg0 directories to warn users of corrpution they will cause if they touch files there
Date Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:19:12 GMT

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Knut Anders Hatlen commented on DERBY-5232:
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Since the files only contain characters in the 7-bit ASCII range, UTF-8 and ASCII are indistinguishable.
To see if it's actually UTF-8 and not ASCII that is being used, you could add a non-ASCII
character to the message temporarily and see if it is detected as UTF-8 then.
                
> Put a stern README file in log and seg0 directories to warn users of corrpution they
will cause if they touch files there
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-5232
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-5232
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Store
>    Affects Versions: 10.8.1.2
>            Reporter: Kathey Marsden
>            Assignee: Mamta A. Satoor
>         Attachments: DERBY5232_patch1_diff.txt, DERBY5232_patch1_stat.txt, DERBY5232_patch2_diff.txt,
DERBY5232_patch2_stat.txt, DERBY5232_patch3_diff.txt, DERBY5232_patch3_stat.txt
>
>
> Users often on bad advice or desperation  touch or delete files in the log or seg0 directories
(mostly log).
> I think it would be good for new databases and on upgrade that a file be created in these
directories with a name like:
> TOUCHING_FILES_HERE_WILL_CORRUPT_DB_README.txt
> or some such to warn of the perils of doing this and the corrupting effects and how it
can eliminate any possibility of salvage. It should also encourage users to make a zip backup
of the database directory with no jvm currently accessing it before trying to do anything
with the database if it appears to be already corrupt.  Also point to backup/restore documentation
and encourage restore of a good backup into an empty directory if the database is corrupt.
> I'm not sure if it would help but it couldn't hurt.

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