On 2010-07-26 17:36:37 +0200, Jim Fulton said:

> On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Christian Zagrodnick <c...@gocept.com> 
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> for monitoring if a storage has been packed it would be handy if it
>> remembered the date of its last pack. An easy solution for file storage
>> would be to create a Data.fs.packed file.
>> Other ways do determine the date would be:
>> - Use age of Data.fs.old: very implicit; file is not available during
>> packing (thus monitoring becomes difficult); it is not required to keep
>> Data.fs.old
>> - Provide a wrapper script around zeopack which stores the information:
>> while that would work it is rather tedious to provide that again and
>> again for each buildout/installation.
>> Comments?
> ZEO servers log when databases are packed.  I often look at the ZEO
> logs to verify that databases have been packed.

Sure. I was talking about automatic monitoring, though. That implies a 
rather cheap and simple way to determine the value to be checked.

> File-storage packed database records have a status flag of "p", so you
> can determine the approximate (depending on how active your database
> is) date of last pack by scanning the transaction headers.

That sounds rather expensive. But then I don't know too much about that.

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