Can Newsbin Header Update Files be modified?

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Can Newsbin Header Update Files be modified?

Postby KingFish » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:14 pm

For the purpose of determining what entries in a Newsbin Header Update File (.gz) might be choking Newsbin, can the .gz files in Newsbin's Import folder be inflated using WinRAR, the resulting file broken into several smaller files, then deflated into several new .gz files that can then be placed in Newsbin's Import folder for processing in the usual manner?

For example, inflating a header file titled 'alt.binaries.hdtv-Astraweb-008681171558-008682171558.gz' produces a file titled 'alt.binaries.hdtv-Astraweb-008681171558-008682171558'.

Opening the resulting file in Notepad++ reveals the first ten lines in the file as being:

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Group: alt.binaries.hdtv

8681171558   [ TrollHD ] - [ 179/224 ] - "(Comedy) Netflix Originals - Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special (2017) 2160p WEBRip DD5.1 x264-TrollUHD.part178.rar" yEnc (097/164)   Yenc@power-post.org (Yenc-PP-A&A)   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:03:28 GMT   <part97of164.&Sbo2H3G0tCIZwzOrNrG@powerpost2000AA.local>      661243   5082   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171558
8681171559   [172/540] - Description - "Q0nej1gjvUpQe77mkf4WoqcQDIKuYKB.part171.rar" - 24.96 GB - yEnc (36/131)   SSL-News.info <ssl-news.info@ssl.local>   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:11:22 GMT   <Wu6a3GY0nhY2WwWfdUz3_172o540@JBinUp.local>      398380   3060   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171559 alt.binaries.test:2945869524
8681171560   [183/540] - Description - "Q0nej1gjvUpQe77mkf4WoqcQDIKuYKB.part182.rar" - 24.96 GB - yEnc (106/131)   SSL-News.info <ssl-news.info@ssl.local>   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:12:22 GMT   <utzi0Mnc66R0VAj2v1e_183o540@JBinUp.local>      398516   3061   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171560 alt.binaries.test:2945869525
8681171561   [ TrollHD ] - [ 019/110 ] - "2015 AVN Awards 1080p Amazon WEB-DL DD+ 2.0 x264-TrollHD.part018.rar" yEnc (093/164)   Yenc@power-post.org (Yenc-PP-A&A)   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:12:22 GMT   <part93of164.TOnoXP63G64kTwh8SHsX@powerpost2000AA.local>      661256   5083   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171561
8681171562   [ TrollHD ] - [ 189/224 ] - "(Comedy) Netflix Originals - Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special (2017) 2160p WEBRip DD5.1 x264-TrollUHD.part188.rar" yEnc (038/164)   Yenc@power-post.org (Yenc-PP-A&A)   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:03:24 GMT   <part38of164.GLvXfA$MBpMYUVfIRJ67@powerpost2000AA.local>      661138   5081   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171562
8681171563   [ TrollHD ] - [ 195/224 ] - "(Comedy) Netflix Originals - Joe Mande's Award-Winning Comedy Special (2017) 2160p WEBRip DD5.1 x264-TrollUHD.vol003+04.par2" yEnc (05/65)   Yenc@power-post.org (Yenc-PP-A&A)   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:03:20 GMT   <part5of65.gEWUWvQIfWLD18XmipzO@powerpost2000AA.local>      661386   5083   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171563
8681171564   [192/540] - Description - "Q0nej1gjvUpQe77mkf4WoqcQDIKuYKB.part191.rar" - 24.96 GB - yEnc (100/131)   SSL-News.info <ssl-news.info@ssl.local>   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:13:05 GMT   <FaW9tWsYirNneb0ZyxDO_192o540@JBinUp.local>      398609   3062   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171564 alt.binaries.test:2945869529
8681171565   [090/540] - Description - "Q0nej1gjvUpQe77mkf4WoqcQDIKuYKB.part089.rar" - 24.96 GB - yEnc (50/131)   SSL-News.info <ssl-news.info@ssl.local>   Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:03:34 GMT   <wjigyu94pNAEljcGzY5_90o540@JBinUp.local>      398511   3061   Xref: news-big.astraweb.com alt.binaries.hdtv:8681171565 alt.binaries.test:2945869530


If I save those ten lines to a file titled 'alt.binaries.hdtv-Astraweb-008681171558-008681171565' and use WinRAR to deflate that file to a .gz file titled 'alt.binaries.hdtv-Astraweb-008681171558-8681171565.gz', can that file then be added to Newsbin's Import folder and it's contents imported into Newsbin's alt.binaries.hdtv spool file without causing problems?

It works with a backup copy of my instalation. But I want to know if I've created any problems with that installation by using edited .gz files.

Thanks.
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Re: Can Newsbin Header Update Files be modified?

Postby Quade » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:46 pm

No reason it won't work. Go for it. When you chop it up, you will need to maintain the top two lines in every chunk.

If the extension is ".txt" instead of GZ, it'll read it as a txt file so, you don't have to re-compress.

An interesting experiment might be to decode it with Winrar, change the extension of the decompressed file to ".txt" and see if you still get a hang.

I find it interesting that you seem to have a GZ issues but you also have corrupt DB issues. I wonder if the two are related?
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Re: Can Newsbin Header Update Files be modified?

Postby KingFish » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:14 pm

Quade wrote:I find it interesting that you seem to have a GZ issues but you also have corrupt DB issues. I wonder if the two are related?


I wonder the same thing, and am working on narrowing down the possibilities as best I can.

Thank you for your answers, explanations, suggestions, and patience.
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