[Orca-users] orca re-processing older files

Attila Mezei-Horvati attila_mh at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 16 06:23:00 PST 2006

> Orca tries to be pretty smart about not re-reading
> files it's already read.  It 
> keeps track of the timestamp and size of the file,
> so if neither of these 
> change, it shouldn't reread the whole thing.
> It will read the first line of the file to learn
> which columns it has though.
> Are you seeing noticable slowdown because of this?

I am running Orca on some of the servers since October
2004. At this point even if I add one day worth of
logs I need to wait hours to have Orca finished. I am
transferring files with rsync which as I know does not
change the timestamp or size. It just uploads the
differences which is usually the new file. I can see
in the log that orca reads through every file:

Read   288 data points from
  Read   288 data points from

Since it reads only 288 data points I would guess that
indeed it reads only the first lines. Maybe I should
not keep all the logs in that place? I am just worried
the graphs would change if I remove older files.


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