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Monday, November 26, 2007

60 day old blog posts still important?

Last week some of you noted that the Chemical blogspace was no longer nicely updated every X hours. The code is not optimized for performance and the number of old posts (about 10k in 6 months!) made the update_posts.pl break down. Or really, the DreamHost service killed the process after taking too long. Fair; it's the online way to keep the systems from not breaking down over one website. I already had split up processing the first 75 blogs and the rest into two separate jobs.

So, now I made a more radical change, and deleted old posts older than 60 days. That's ancient history, not?

9 comments:

Rich Apodaca said...

60 Days seems plenty. You could even go with 30.

baoilleach said...

What exactly is the significance of this? Does this mean that information on old blog posts that discuss a particular DOI is to be lost? If so, that's a real shame. Reviews of papers don't age...

Egon Willighagen said...

Noel, I think it only means that the software no longer checks if items have changed. Old items are still in the database.

Mitch said...

60 days sounds more than enough. Assuming, that everythins was properly databased.

Mitch

Mitch said...

Can you update the url for my blog? As my blog's stats don't seem to be updating.

Mitch

Egon Willighagen said...

Mitch, it's updated. Please verify.

mitch said...

seems alright :)

Mitch said...

The cb.openmolecules is currently dead. You should find a more stable database solution.

Egon Willighagen said...

It is not so much the database set up, as it is the queries being done. They have not been optimized. Euan (the original author of the software) is aware of the problem, and has been looking into the problem...

I'd hoped, however, that it did not break down that soon again :(