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@c $Id: lyskomd.texi,v 1.26 1999/06/13 19:37:23 ceder Exp $
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@settitle lyskomd @value{VERSION} Reference Manual
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This is the reference manual for the lyskomd LysKOM server version
@value{VERSION}.
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Copyright @copyright{} 1995-1999 Lysator ACS.
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Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this
specification provided the copyright notice and this permission notice
are preserved on all copies.
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@dircategory LysKOM
@direntry
* lyskomd: (lyskomd).                lyskomd reference manual.
@end direntry

@titlepage
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@title lyskomd Reference Manual
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@subtitle Server version @value{VERSION}
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@sp 2
@author by the lyskomd developers

@page
@vskip 0pt plus 1filll
Copyright @copyright{} 1995-1999 Lysator ACS

Permission is granted to make and distribute verbatim copies of this document
provided the copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all
copies.

Modified versions of this document may be redistributed with the added
condition that all modifications not cleared with the LysKOM development group
are clearly marked and that the entire modified work be redistributed under the
same conditions as the original.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute translations of this manual into
another language under the same conditions as for modified versions.

@end titlepage

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@node Top
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@top lyskomd

lyskomd is a server for the LysKOM conferencing system. This info file
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documents version @value{VERSION} of lyskomd.
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@menu
* Copying::                     lyskomd is free software.
* Overview::                    Overview of LysKOM.
* Installation::                How to install lyskomd.
* Configuration::               How to configure lyskomd.
* Running lyskomd::             How to run lyskomd.
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* Invoking updateLysKOM::       How to run updateLysKOM.
* Invoking komrunning::         How to run komrunning.
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* Administration::              Administering a LysKOM server.
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* Bugs::                        Known bugs in lyskomd.
* DBCK Reference::              Checking and repairing the database.
* Hacking::                     Notes for server developers.
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* lyskomd Database Specification::  
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@end menu

@end ifinfo

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@node Copying
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@chapter Copying

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lyskomd is free software. It is distributed under the Gnu General Public
License version 2. The file COPYING in the top level of the distribution
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contains the text of the license.


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@node Overview
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@chapter Overview

LysKOM is a conferencing system@footnote{Or in modern terms, enabling
technology for Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).}. Similar
systems were QZ-KOM and PortaCOM@footnote{Also known as ``PottaKOM'' and
``BortaKOM''.}. The LysKOM system is copyrighted by Lysator Academic
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Computing Society and distributed under conditions of the GNU General Public
License version 2. LysKOM and its documentation is provided ``as is'' without
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warranty of any kind.

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This reference manual documents version @value{VERSION} of the lyskomd
LysKOM server. The lyskomd server is the work of several people. The main
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contributors have been
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Per Cederqvist @email{ceder@@lysator.liu.se},
Inge Wallin @email{inge@@lysator.liu.se},
Thomas Bellman @email{bellman@@lysator.liu.se},
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David Byers @email{byers@@lysator.liu.se} and
Peter Eriksson @email{pen@@lysator.liu.se}.
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Commercial service for LysKOM is available from Signum Support
@url{http://www.signum.se/}.


@section History

In 1990, Per Cederqvist @email{ceder@@lysator.liu.se} and Peter Eriksson
@email{pen@@lysator.liu.se} and a few other persons started to write the
server. It was operational in the summer of 1990, even though the
members of Lysator discovered a thing called MUD. We started using RCS
on 20 May 1991. The first release was made on 16 Sept 1991. Around that
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time we switched from RCS to CVS to handle our source code.
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@node Installation
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@chapter Installation

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Instructions for compiling and installing lyskomd are in the files
@file{README} and @file{INSTALL}, located in the top level of the
lyskomd distribution.  Installation should be straightforward on most
platforms.
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@node Configuration
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@chapter Configuration

There are two configuration files for lyskomd. One defines the server
options and the other defines aux-item types @ref{(protocol-a)The
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Aux-Item List,The Aux-Item List}.
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* Server Configuration File::   The server configuration file.
* Aux-Item Definition File::    The aux-item definition file.
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@node Server Configuration File
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@section Server Configuration File

The server reads its configuration from a configuration file. The
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default configuration file is @file{/usr/lyskom/etc/config}. The
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location of the configuration file can be changed at run-time by
supplying an argument to lyskomd.

The configuration file is line oriented. Each line consists of a
parameter name followed by a colon, and the value of the parameter.
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Empty lines and lines whose first non-blank character is a @samp{#} are
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ignored.

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* Parameter Types::             Types of configuration parameters.
* Parameters::                  Valid configuration parameters.
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@node Parameter Types
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@subsection Parameter Types

Every parameter has a type. The legal types are:

@table @code
@item bool
The parameter can be true or false. Legal values are @code{on},
@code{true}, @code{yes} and @code{1} for true and @code{off},
@code{false}, @code{no} and @code{0} for false.

@item locale-name
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The parameter is a locale name. The value must be a legal locale name of
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the system where lyskomd is running.

@item path
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system where lyskomd is running. Most paths you can specify can be
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either absolute paths (if they begin with a @samp{/}) or paths relative
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to the installation prefix which is specified at compile time or with
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the @samp{Prefix} parameter in the configuration file.
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@item portname
The parameter is a TCP/IP port. It can be a symbolic port name
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@item int
The parameter is a number of some sort. It can be a conference number,
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@node Parameters
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@subsection Parameters

@table @code

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@item Max conferences: @var{int}
The maximum number of conferences possible in the server. This number
must be larger than the number of conferences in the database. This
parameter is required. There is no default.

@item Max texts: @var{int}
The maximum number of texts possible in the server. This number
must be larger than the number of texts in the database. This
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@item Locale: @var{string}
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available om systems which support the @code{setlocale} call. If this
parameter is not set, no call to @code{setlocale} will be made. The
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@item Force ISO 8859-1: @var{bool}
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This option is provided for those with dysfunctional computers that
cannot handle @code{setlocale} properly. If this is set, lyskomd will
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handle texts according to the ISO 8859-1 (latin1) alphabet. Default
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@item Prefix: @var{path}
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All files that the server uses are found in sub-directories of this
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The default at compile time is @file{/usr/lyskom}.
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@item Send async: @var{bool}
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Do not send any non-requested messages. This disables the sending of
messages about events in the server to all connections. Use of this
parameter is not recommended. Default is on.

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@item Client host: @var{hostname}
Specify which IP number the server should use when listening for new
clients.  @var{hostname} may be a FQDN (such as
@samp{kom.lysator.liu.se}) or an IP number (such as @samp{10.0.0.1}).
Default is to bind @code{INADDR_ANY}, which means that the server will
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@item Client port: @var{portname}
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is what all clients expect. Do not change this parameter without really
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@item Presentation of conferences: @var{int}
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The number of the conference where presentations should be sent.
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Defaults to 1. This option is ignored in lyskomd 1.9 and later. Set this
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The number of the conference where presentations should be sent.
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Defaults to 2. This option is ignored in lyskomd 1.9 and later. Set this
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The number of the conference where "message-of-the-day" messages should
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Set this using dbck or the @ref{(protocol-a)set-info,set-info}.

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@item News-conference: @var{int}
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The number of the conference where news of interest to the readers of
this LysKOM server should be written. This is typically a conference
with very low traffic which everyone shoule be a member of. Clients
should offer new users to join it. Defaults to 4. This option is ignored
in lyskomd 1.9 and later. Set this using dbck or the
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Default message-of-the-day of this server. The text will be shown
automatically by conforming LysKOM clients when a user logs on. This
option is ignored in lyskomd 1.9 and later. Set this using dbck or the
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@item Garb: @var{bool}
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Should the database be automatically purged of old texts?  The default
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@item Never save: @var{bool}
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Completely disables saving the database while the server is running. Do
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@item Log accesses: @var{path}
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This parameter can only be set if the server has been compiled with
@code{LOGACCESSES} defined. It will save a trace of all activity in the
database to a file, for later use in simulations et c. Compiling with
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@item Data file: @var{path}
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The path relative to the installation prefix where part of the database
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@item Backup file: @var{path}
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The path relative to the installation prefix where a backup of the
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database is kept. This file will always contain a complete database, but
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@item Backup file 2: @var{path}
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The path relative to the installation prefix where a previous generation
of the backup of the database is kept. This file may be needed if an
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file. Default is @file{db/lyskomd-backup-prev}.
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@item Lock file: @var{path}
Name of the lock file that ensures that @code{dbck} and @code{lyskomd}
never attempt to modify the database at the same time.  It should always
reside in the same directory as the @samp{Data file}.  Default is
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@item Text file: @var{path}
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The path relative to the installation prefix where the actual texts in
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the database are kept. Default is @file{db/lyskomd-texts}.
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@item Text backup file: @var{path}
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When dbck is run with the @samp{-g} option (@ref{(dbck)Invoking
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dbck,Invoking dbck}, it will store the previous contents of the text
file in the file specified by this option. The path is relative to the
installation prefix. This file is never used by lyskomd itself. Default
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is @file{db/lyskomd-texts-backup}.
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@item Log file: @var{path}
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The path relative to the installation prefix where log messages from
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lyskomd are written. Default is @file{etc/server-log}.
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@item Log statistics: @var{path}
Whenever lyskomd receives a SIGUSR1 it will append a timestamp and
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a count of how many different atomic calls have been made in this file.
The path is relative to the installation prefix. Default is
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@file{etc/lyskomd-log}.
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@item Pid file: @var{path}
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When lyskomd is up and running it will write its pid in this file. The
path is relative to the installation prefix. This file is used so the
@code{updateLysKOM} script can easily find out what pid the LysKOM
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server has. Default is @file{etc/pid}.
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This file should be removed when the computer reboots, before
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@item Memory usage file: @var{path}
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When lyskomd exits normally it appends some info on its usage of memory
to this file. The path is relative to the installation prefix. Almost
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any memory leak bugs should be detectable by looking in this file.
Default is @file{etc/memory-usage}.
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@item Aux-item definition file: @var{path}
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This file defines which aux-items the server should support and how it
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should handle them. @xref{Aux-Item Definition File} for more details.
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The path is relative to the installation prefix. Default is
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@file{etc/aux-items.conf}.
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@item Core directory: @var{path}
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installation prefix. Default is @file{cores}.

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@item Status file: @var{path}
This file is created by @code{komrunning} to indicate that lyskomd
should currently not be running.  When this file exists
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saves the database and dies.  Default is @file{etc/status}.

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@item Nologin file: @var{path}
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Default is @file{/etc/nologin}.
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@item Idle timeout: @var{int}
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Number of milliseconds to sleep when there is nothing for lyskomd
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@item Garb timeout: @var{garb}
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Number of milliseconds to sleep when the server is garbage-collecting
texts, but has nothing else important to do. Default is @code{100} (0.1
seconds.)

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@item Sync timeout: @var{sync}
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Number of milliseconds to sleep when lyskomd is saving its database.
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@item Permissive sync: @var{bool}
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Turning this option on lets any session sync the LysKOM database.
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@item Garb interval: @var{int}
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Number of minutes between each garb sweep. Defaults to @code{1440}, that
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@item Sync interval: @var{int}
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Number of minutes between syncs. The current version of lyskomd keeps
changes to the database in memory until they are synced to disk. This
parameter specifies the number of minutes the server waits before
attempting to dump the database. The default is @code{5}.

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@item Sync retry interval: @var{int}
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If anything goes wrong while trying to dump the data base (such as if
the disk is full), lyskomd will wait for this many minutes before trying
again. Default is @code{1}.

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@item Max client data length: @var{int}
The maxiumum allowed length for client name and version data. The
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@item Max conference name length: @var{int}
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The maximum length of conference names. The default is @code{60}.

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@item Max password length: @var{int}
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Only the first eight characters of the password are currently
significant, even if this number is much larger. The default is
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@item Max what am I doing length: @var{int}
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The maximum length of the string permitted in the protocol A call
@ref{(protocol-a)change-what-i-am-doing, change-what-i-am-doing}. The
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@item Max username length: @var{int}
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The maximum length permitted for user names. Default is 128.

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@item Max text length: @var{int}
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The maximum length allowed for a text. The default is 131072 characters.

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@item Max aux_item length: @var{int}
The maximum length allowed for a single aux-item. The default is 16384
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@item Max broadcast length: @var{int}
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The maximum length allowed for broadcast messges. The default is 1024
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@item Max regexp length: @var{int}
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The maximum length allowed for regexps in various calls. The default is
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@item Max marks per person: @var{int}
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The maximum number of marks a person is allowed to have. The default is
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@item Max marks per text: @var{int}
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The maximum number of marks a text can have. The default is 1024.

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@item Max recipients per text: @var{int}
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The maximum number of recipients of a text. The default is 512.

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@item Max comments per text: @var{int}
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The maximum number of comments a text can have. The default is 128.

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@item Max footnotes per text: @var{int}
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@item Max links per text: @var{int}
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The maximum number of misc info items that can be added to a text.
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@item Max mark_as_read chunks: @var{int}
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@c FIXME: What is this?
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@item Max super_conf loop: @var{int}
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@c FIXME: What is this?
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@item Max accept_async len: @var{int}
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Maximum length of list accepted in the accept_async call. Default is
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@item Max aux_items deleted per call: @var{int}
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Maximum number of aux_items that can be deleted in one call. Default is
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@item Max aux_items added per call: @var{int}
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@item Default garb nice: @var{int}
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Each conference has a lifetime for texts written in it. The lifetime is
counted in days, and can be set for each conference by the administrator
of the conference. This is the default value assigned to new
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A text will not be removed if it has comments newer than a certain
number of days. This number can be set for each conference. This
parameter specifies the default value for that number of days. The
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there is ever more than this many data blocks in the queue the client
will be disconnected. Each atomic question typically generates two data
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This is a performance tuning parameter of little real interest. Default
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@item Open files: @var{int}
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Try to persuade the operating system to allow lyskomd to have this many
open file descriptors simultaneously. Each client that is connected to
the server occupies one file descriptor, and lyskomd needs several file
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@item Anyone can create new persons: @var{bool}
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If this is set, anyone can create a new person, even if he lacks
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If this is set, anyone can create a new conferences, even if he lacks
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@item Allow creation of persons before login: @var{bool}
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If this is set, persons can connect the the server and create a new
person without logging in.  This is how new users register in open
environments. If this option is off, then new persons can only be
created by existing users. The default is on.

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If this is set, new users are created with the ability to change their
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@item Ident-authentication: @var{policy}
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Decide how strictly the server should use the IDENT protocol.
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@table @asis
@item @code{off} or @code{never}
Do not use the IDENT protocol.

@item @code{on} or @code{try}
Use it, but allow logins even if the lookup fails.

@item @code{require} or @code{required}
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@item Log login: @var{bool}
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Should logins be logged to the log file?  Default value is off.

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How many conference statuses the server cache should hold in main
memory. Default is 20. This parameter should be set to at least the
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How many person statuses the server cache should hold in main
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How many text statuses the server cache should hold in main
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Write @var{string} in the log when the config file is read.
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@item Jubel: @var{pers_no} @var{text_no}
States that @var{pers_no} is not allowed to create text number
@var{text_no}. Default is unset.
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@item Jubel: @var{pers_no} @var{dividend} @var{remainder}
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@var{T} which meets the condition @var{T} % @var{dividend} == @var{remainder}.
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If this is set, then adding others as members to a conference sets the
invitation bit of the membership. If this is off, the membership bit is
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If this is set, then memberships may be secret. Otherwise any attempt
to create a secret membership or change an existing membership to a
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If this is set, then it is possible to set the invitation bit of a
membership even after it has been cleared. If it is not set, then the
invitation bit of a conference type can only be set when the
membership is created. It can be cleared at any time. The default is
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If this is set, regexp matching of conference names uses the same
collate table used by regular matching. This usually implies that the
regexp ``foo'' will match ``foo'', ``Foo'', ``fOo'' and several other
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@item lyskomd path: @var{path}
Path to the @code{lyskomd} binary.  This is used by @code{updateLysKOM}
to find the right program to run.  Defaults to @file{bin/lyskomd}.

@item savecore path: @var{path}
Path to the @code{savecore} program.  If a file named @file{core} exists
in the directory specified with @code{Core directory} when
@code{updateLysKOM} is about to start @code{lyskomd}, this program will
be called first.  It could, for instance, move the core file so that it
is available for later debugging.

@item Normal shutdown time: @var{int}
In a normal setup, @code{updateLysKOM} will be run from @code{cron} once
every ten minutes or so.  If it detects that it has taken @code{lyskomd}
more than @var{int} minutes to shut down it will print a warning
message.

@item Mail after downtime: @var{int}
@itemx Mail until downtime: @var{int}

If @code{lyskomd} has been down for X minutes, where @code{Mail after
downtime} <= X < @code{Mail until downtime}, @code{updateLysKOM} will
send a mail message to the mail address found on the first line of the
status file.  Actually, it is the age of the status file (named with
@code{Status file}) that is measured.

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@node Aux-Item Definition File
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@section Aux-Item Definition File

The default aux-item definition file should not be changed unless it is
really necessary. The need to change the definitions will probably only
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@subsection Syntax of the Aux-Item Definition File

The aux-item definition file contains a sequence of aux-item
definitions. Each definition specifies one type of predefined aux-item:
its number, name, and properties. Empty lines and all characters from a
# character to the end of the line are ignored.

Each entry has the following format:

@example
        tag : name (target, target, ... )
        @{
            field = value;
            field = value;
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@end example

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@var{tag} is an integer, the aux-item's tag. If a tag is defined more than
once, the last definition is used.
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can be added to. Valid targets are:

@table @code
@item any
Aux-items with the specified tag can be added to any object in the
database. This is shorthand for @code{text,conference,letterbox,server}.

@item text
Aux-items with the specified tag can be added to texts.

@item conference
Aux-items with the specified tag can be added to conferences that are
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@emph{not} letterboxes.
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@item letterbox
Aux-items with the specified tag can be added to conferences that are
letterboxes.
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@item server
Aux-items with the specified tag can be added to the server itself.

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@end table

It is legal to add one of the keywords @code{create} or @code{modify}
before any target except @code{server}. If @code{create} is specified,
aux-items with the specified tag can only be added when an object is
being created. They cannot be added later. If @code{modify} is
specified, aux-items with the specified tag can only be added after an
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specified tag. Most values are boolean or trillian. Legal values for
either type are @code{true} and @code{false}. Boolean values have
reasonable defaults; trillian values can be unset.

@table @code

@item author-only
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@item supervisor-only
Boolean, default false. When true, only the supervisors of the author or
letterbox can create items with this tag. In all likelihood, the
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implementation of this flag is screwed up in version 2.0 of lyskomd.

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of items with this tag. This is normally used for items that are created
automatically in response to events in the system.
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Boolean, default false. When true, aux-items with this tag cannot be
deleted once they have been created.  (They will be deleted
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@item unique
Boolean, default false. When true, there can only be one non-deleted
item with this tag per creator.

@item inherit-limit
Integer, default 0. The maximum number of times items with this tag can
be inherited, plus one. Zero means an unlimited number of times, one
means no times, 2 means once and so forth. This number overrides the
inherit-limit set by the client only if that number is higher than this
one.

@item inherit
Trillian. When set, the inherit bit on new items with this tag is forced
to the specified value.

@item secret
Trillian. When set, the secret bit on new items with this tag is forced
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Trillian. When set, the hide-creator bit on new items with this tag is
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Trillian. When set, the dont-garb bit on new items will be forced to the
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@item reserved-2
@item reserved-3
@item reserved-4
Trillian. When set, these flags force the values of the three reserved
bits in the aux-item flags field. These should only be used by lyskomd
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String or function, default none. When set to a string, this specifies a
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The syntax for strings is essentially the same as the syntax used in C
files. When set to a function, this specified a built-in validation
function to call.

The following validator functions are currently implemented:

@table @code

@item existing-readable-text
Creation is only allowed if the item contains the number of an existing
text that the item creator has permission to read.

@end table

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@end table

There are a few fields which specify actions the server is to take when
something happens to aux-items with the specified tag. Each of these
values is a function specification, the name of a trigger function
defined in lyskomd. The syntax for functions is the name followed by
an empty pair of parens. It is not possible to pass arguments to the
functions yet.

@table @code
@item add-trigger
Function to call when an item with the specified tag is added to an
object.

@item delete-trigger
Function to call when an item with the specified tag is scheduled for
deletion.

@item undelete-trigger
Function to call when an item with the specified tag scheduled for
deletion is unscheduled. It should undo the effects of the delete
trigger.
@end table

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The following trigger functions are currently defined:

@table @code
@item mark-text
Increase the mark count for the text the item refers to. The item must
contain the number of a text. This trigger should be combined with the
existing-readable-text validation function.

@item unmark-text
Decrease the mark count for the text the item refers to. The item must
contain the number of a text. This trigger should be combined with the
existing-readable-text validation function.

@item link-faq
Create a faq-for-conf item linked to a faq-text item. This trigger is
used exclusively for faq-text items. The item must contain the number of
a text. This trigger must be combined with the existing-readable-text
validation function.

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@node Running lyskomd
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@chapter Running lyskomd

This section explains how to run lyskomd, the files it uses and how it
can be controlled while running.

@menu
* Invoking lyskomd::            How to run lyskomd.
* Signals::                     How to control lyskomd with Unix signals.
* Files::                       Files used by lyskomd.
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@node Invoking lyskomd
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@section Invoking lyskomd

@example
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@end example

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The option @samp{-d} adds one to the debug level. The amount of output
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on stderr is increased for each time the option is specified on the
command line. Furthermore, if this option is used, lyskomd will not run
as a daemon, but will stay in forground mode.

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Using one @samp{-d} makes the process print a `>' for every timeout, a
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message for every person that is connecting or disconnecting and a
message for every successful or unsuccessful communication to the
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configuration file. @xref{Server Configuration File}.


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@section Signals

It is possible to control some aspects of lyskomd using Unix signals.
The following signals have special meaning to the server:

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@item SIGHUP
Logs out all sessions, saves the database and exits normally.

@item SIGQUIT
Saves the database and dump core. (This should only be used for
debugging purposes.)

@item SIGUSR1
Print statistics about how often different commands have been used
since the process started.

@item SIGUSR2
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@section Files Used by lyskomd

All file names can be changed in the server configuration file.
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@table @file
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@item /usr/lyskom
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Default value of the @code{Prefix} parameter. The default of this value
is set at compile time, but it can be changed in the server
configuration file.  @xref{Parameters}.
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@item @var{prefix}/db/lyskomd-texts
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The other half of the database: the actual texts.

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unless you know what you are doing, or you may lose the entire data
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File with the pid of the lyskom-process.

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@item @var{prefix}/etc/memory-usage
On normal exit, @code{lyskomd} will append some statistics to this file. 
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It can be used for detecting memory leaks.

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@item /etc/nologin
If this file exists, lyskomd will not allow anyone to connect to the
server. This path can be set with the @code{Nologin file} parameter in
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@chapter Invoking updateLysKOM

@example
        updateLysKOM [-c @var{config-file}] [ -v ] [ -V ]
@end example

@code{updateLysKOM} determines if @code{lyskomd} should be running.  It
can start or stop @code{lyskomd} if needed.  It uses the same
configuration file as @code{lyskomd} (@pxref{Server Configuration
File}).  You can use @samp{-c @var{config-file}} to override the
compiled-in default.  Note, however, that this option is not passed
along to @code{lyskomd} if @code{updateLysKOM} starts it, so the option
should be used with extreme caution.

@samp{-v} and @samp{-V} causes @code{updateLysKOM} to report its version
number and exit.

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@chapter Invoking komrunning

@example
        komrunning [-c config-file] [start | stop]
        komrunning -v | -V
@end example
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@code{komrunning}, when invoked with no arguments, reports whether
@code{lyskomd} is currently running or not, and whether it should be
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running or not.  @samp{komrunning start} attempts to start
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and it will not return until the server has saved its database and
exited.

@code{komrunning} uses the same configuration file as @code{lyskomd}
(@pxref{Server Configuration File}).  You can use @samp{-c
@var{config-file}} to override the compiled-in default.  Note, however,
that this option is not passed along to @code{updateLysKOM} if
@code{komrunning} invokes it, so the option should be used with extreme
caution.

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careful, however, to ensure that the pid file is removed earlier during
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@chapter Administration

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files @file{INSTALL} and @file{README}. This will set up the LysKOM
system with a database containing a few necessary conferences and one
person - the administrator.
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Once the LysKOM system is running, there is not much you will have to do
to keep it that way. One thing to remember is that the current release
of the server has an incomplete handling of garbage collection of the
database. The database is split into two files, the information file and
the text file. Newly written texts are concatenated to the text file and
old texts are never removed. The information file contains information
about conferences, users and where in the text file the texts are. This
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There is a program called @code{dbck} (Data Base Check) which is used to
check the consistency of the LysKOM database. This program can also be
used to shrink the text file. To do this, just type @samp{dbck
-g}. @xref{(dbck)}. When @code{dbck} is to be run on the database, the
LysKOM server @emph{must} be stopped, or unrepairable damage may
result. See below for a description on how to stop the server.

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continuous operation. This program should be run with certain intervals,
for instance from @code{cron}. If the LysKOM server has died for some
reason, @code{updateLysKOM} restarts it. If the server is still running
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Taking the server down cleanly can be done in two ways: through the use
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cause the server to save the database and close all client
connections. It will also create a file named @file{etc/memory-usage} in
which the memory usage of the server is reported.

To prevent @code{updateLysKOM} from restarting a server, create a file
named @file{/usr/lyskom/etc/status}. The file should contain a valid
mail address on the first line. @code{updateLysKOM} will not restart the
server as long as that file exists. In addition, if the file is between
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1 and 2 hours old (configurable) an email will be sent to the mail
address found in the file. If the file is older than that, an error
message will be printed on stderr and @code{updateLysKOM} will exit with
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The shell script @code{komrunning} can be used to start and stop the
LysKOM server. With no arguments, it will report the status.
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will (attempt to) shut down the server, creating the file
@file{/usr/lyskom/etc/status}.  If the user running @code{komrunning}
doesn't have permission to send signals to @code{lyskomd} the actual
shutdown will be delayed until the next time that @code{updateLysKOM} is
run.
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@node Bugs
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@chapter Known Bugs

@itemize @bullet
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@item lyskomd should re-read the config file when a @samp{SIGHUP} is
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received.

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@item lyskomd should terminate when a @samp{SIGINT} or @samp{SIGTERM} is
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received.

@item The security policy is vague and the implementation is frayed at
the edges.

@item The choice of asynchronous messages is not very good.

@item The server uses too much memory.

@end itemize



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@c ======================================================================
@c ======================================================================
@c ==                                                                  ==
@c ==                            DBCK REFERENCE                        ==
@c ==                                                                  ==
@c ======================================================================
@c ======================================================================

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@node DBCK Reference
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@chapter DBCK Reference

dbck is a program that can is used for minor database maintenance tasks
and for repairing a corrupt lyskomd database.

@menu
* DBCK Overview::               Overview of dbck.
* Invoking dbck::               How to run dbck.
* DBCK Notes::                  Notes about running dbck.
* DBCK Files::                  Files used by dbck.
* DBCK Bugs::                   Known bugs in dbck.
@end menu


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@node DBCK Overview
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@section Overview

The dbck program is used for minor maintenance of the LysKOM database
and for repairing corrupt databases. In brief it performs the following
functions:

@itemize @bullet
@item Compact the text file to remove deleted texts.
@item Repair inconsistent membership information.
@item Repair invalid recipients
@item Repair inconsistent comment links
@item Correct invalid local text numbers
@item Correct invalid text maps
@item Set special conferences
@item Convert between database formats
@end itemize


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@node Invoking dbck
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@section Invoking dbck

The functionality of dbck is controlled through command-line switches.
These are documented below.

If @code{dbck} is invoked without any options it will read the database
and report on its integrity.  No files will be modified.

@menu
* General Options::             Controlling the overall behavior of dbck.
* Database Repair Options::     Repairing errors in the LysKOM database.
* Format Conversion Options::   Converting the database file to a new format.
* Database Maintenance Options::  Options for database maintenance.
* Reporting Options::           Options controlling status reports.
@end menu


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@node General Options
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@subsection General Options

These options control the general behavior of lyskomd.

@table @asis
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@item @samp{-h} or @samp{--help}
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Give a usage message (which includes the version number and the
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@item @samp{-v} or @samp{--verbose}
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Verbose mode. Report not only errors but the status of the database.

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@item @samp{-F} or @samp{--force-output}
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will only write a new database file if changes have been made for some
other reason. If you want to simply convert a database from one version
to another, you will probably have to give this option.
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@node Database Repair Options
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@subsection Database Repair Options

The following options control database repair.

@table @asis
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@item @samp{-i} or @samp{--interactive}
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Run interactively. If any inconsistency is found, a remedial cure will
be suggested and the user must confirm the correction.

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@item @samp{-r} or @samp{--auto-repair}
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Repair simple errors without asking.

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@item @samp{-c} or @samp{--set-change-name}
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not set. Due to a bug that capability was never set for newly created
persons in release 1.6.1 of lyskomd. This option can be used to repair
the damage.
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@node Format Conversion Options
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@subsection Format Conversion Options

dbck can be used to conver the LysKOM database from one storage format
to another. This is necessary only when moving the database to a new
server version.

@table @asis
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@item @samp{-F} or @samp{--force-output}
This option forces dbck to write the database file. Normally @code{dbck} 
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will only write a new database file if changes have been made for some
other reason. If you want to simply convert a database from one version
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@item @samp{-o} or @samp{--output-version}
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This option is used to set the output version of the database. This
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Version 1.9 of @code{lyskomd} requires database version 1; version 2.0
requires database version 2. Versions of @code{lyskomd} prior to 1.9
requires database version 0. Note that information is irrevocably lost
when converting from a higher to a lower database version. This options
requires an argument: the output format version.
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@node Database Maintenance Options
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@subsection Database Update Options

dbck can be used to update certain aspects of the database that either
were impossible to update in early versions of protocol A or that are
inconvenient in all protocol versions.

@table @asis
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@item @samp{-g} or @samp{--compact-text-mass}
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@item @samp{-P} or @samp{--clear-password}
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Clear the password of a specified user. This option is silently ignored
if the user does not exist. This option requires an argument: the ID of
the person whose password is to be cleared.

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@item @samp{-G} or @samp{--grant-all}
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Grant all privileges to the specified user. This option is silently
ignored if the user does not exist. This option requires an argument:
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@item @samp{--pers-pres-conf}
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@item @samp{--conf-pres-conf}
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@item @samp{--motd-conf}
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@item @samp{--kom-news-conf}
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Set the message of the day of the server to the specified text. Since
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@subsection Reporting Options

These options control reporting of information about the database.

@table @asis
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Gather statistics about the lengths of texts. A table containing the
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Print ``Checking @var{text-no}'' for every text that examined.
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@section Notes for DBCK

The messages ``Conference @var{conf-no} has a bad Text-list. Starts with
0'' and ``Person @var{pers-no} has created @var{num} conferences, not
@var{num} (as said in person-stat).'' are normal. If you get them when
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@samp{dbck -g} again.
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@section Files Used by dbck

dbck uses the same files as @code{lyskomd} (@xref{(lyskomd)}.)

All file names can be changed in the server configuration file.
@xref{(lyskomd)Parameters}.

@table @file
@item /usr/lyskom
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@xref{(lyskomd)Parameters}.

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A backup copy of @file{lyskomd-data}. Never, ever delete this file
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