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[EP-tech] Re: Injecting gigabyte-scale files into EPrints archive - impossible?

Am 01.08.2014 11:52, schrieb Yuri:
There's no official documentation about toolbox, it should be documented

Can't you just use import with this options:

              By default import will generate a new eprintid, or userid for
              each record. This option tells it to use the id spcified in the
              imported data. This is generally used for importing into a new
              repository from an old one.

              Allow the imported data to import files from the local
              filesystem. This can obviously be seen as a security hole
if you
              don't trust the data you are importing. This sets the
              "enable_file_imports" configuration option for this session

after you've exported the eprints, modified the document section and
reimporting it?

Thanks, Yuri ...

I've gone that way already I am afraid. If the system didn't try to upload, it wouldn't cry "not enough diskspace left on device".

So that nothing remains untried, I run:
bin/import $repo --enable-import-fields --enable-file-imports document XML $xmlfile Error! Unhandled exception in Import::XML: Can't write to '/tmp/E2FCKTjvNh': Auf dem Gerät ist kein Speicherplatz mehr verfügbar at /usr/share/perl5/LWP/Protocol.pm line 115. at /usr/lib/perl5/XML/LibXML/SAX.pm line 80 at .../eprints/bin/../perl_lib/EPrints/XML/LibXML.pm line 137
(The above error message is just german here)

Even dropped "file://" prefix hoping that would make the system run a plain filesystem operation (as the above docs imply), but it still uses LWP.

It said "Download (0b)", and when I cp'd the file where it is expected it still "failed to get file contents". I finally solved this by studying the sources and then manually inserting values (FILEID,0,"Storage::Local") into files_copies_pluginid and values (FILEID,0,FILENAME) into files_copies_sourceid database table. It works now like a charm, but hacking the database should not be necessary, promise I will use the API in the future. ;-)

Another option is to use a Perl Library for efficient file handling and
change the code where it does

   join("", <STDIN>)

Still from get_data() is expected a string. This maybe wouldn't be the only place to change.

The function should return a reference to a scalar, something like \do{ local $/; scalar <STDIN> }, which I did not test however. This is known as the file-slurping idiom in perl. But this code is still dangerous, simply - i.e. erroneously - attach a neverending story to standard input and your system will have a hard time to provide infinite memory.

Kind regards

Il 01/08/2014 11:25, Florian Heß ha scritto:
Hello developers and users,

again I'm sorry I have to consult you concerning a problem we've run
into and couldn't solve ourselves.

We need to attach a big file to a document, i.e. one of 3g in size. We
limited web upload to 100m by webserver configuration in order that we
keep control of large file uploads. To get bigger file into the archive
we successfully use the following command:

/usr/bin/perl ~eprints/bin/toolbox $repo addFile \
      --document $docid --filename $filename < /path/to/existing/file

(Besides, is there a convenient way of getting the document id? It is
rather tedious to upload a placeholder file so we can manually seek and
grab a doc id by Firebug extension; after running the command, we open
the EPrint file dialog in the document metadata to switch the main file
and delete the placeholder.)

I narrowed this method down to a line of code in
EPrints::Toolbox::get_data() that I question is scalable for these
dimensions (given our hardware memory space):

       join("", <STDIN>)

builds, in EPrints 3.3.10, a monstrous perl scalar that certainly is
perpetually expanded and moved around in memory to fit in. I wonder if
there is a way I can move the file to the expected place myself and
adjust the file record in the EPrint database. Tried this already but at
last I ended up downloading the tiny placeholder file again. I deleted
the file in the console (rm), but then EPrints system threw "couldn't
read file contents". So, somewhere things still were arranged for the
old file. The browser displays, though, the right filename in the modal
dialog offering to save or to open the file with a program whatsoever.

The toolbox command was appallingly running more than two hours and
gorging swap space like there was no tomorrow, then we killed it. It
consumed 2% of CPU in average, status flag was "D" most of the time (man
ps: "uninterruptable sleep (usually IO)"). It appeared to me it was
constantly swapping.

Today I tried the toolbox addDocument command which doesn't seem to save
me work after all, it just requires xml data. But with
<url>file:///path/of/file/to/import</url>, it runs out of disk space
again while "downloading" that url in /tmp.
Wish I could pass a path of a file to be copied directly, isn't that
possible somehow?

Kind regards

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