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Here is a really fun Domino sever administrator prank or puzzle

By Andrew Pollack on 08/14/2013 at 02:42 PM EDT

Suppose you had a maintenance period during which you took the server off line and ran "Compact" so that the directory and other busy files got compacted. It's not a bad idea once every decade or two, right? Now, suppose you set the flag for "Do not support a specialized response hierarchy" when you did this. What do you suppose would happen?

Well looking at the databases and views you'd find no differences when you were done. All your response documents would be where they go and behave normally.

HOWEVER -- some things break. For example - if you do that on the Domino Directory, the server can no longer find any "Web Site Rules" -- redirection, security, response headers, etc. -- which are stored as response documents to the Web Site configuration document. Oh, if you check your directory they'll still be there. YOU can see them. They just won't work any more because the server doesn't see them.

You see that setting is what allows programs to access responses without having to look at a view to get them. It's invisible to you and me.

How did I run across this you ask? I just spent the last 4 or 5 hours trying to figure out why some web redirects weren't working any more.

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re: Here is a really fun Domino sever administrator prank or puzzleBy Ben Langhinrichs on 08/15/2013 at 09:32 AM EDT
Ouch. I have this theory that all the hours spent like that should be banked
against our time in Purgatory (if such a thing existed) before we go to Heaven
(if such a thing also existed). It makes it a (very tiny bit) more palatable
thought to think of the years spent on such gotchas not as a penalty but as
prepayment which will be rewarded some day by a slight diminution of our 10,000
years in Purgatory.

Yes, that's how I think. A counter argument might be that all that time on
gotchas has driven me quite mad. It will be nice to have you in the madhouse
with me, Andrew. We can play whist or something.
re: Here is a really fun Domino sever administrator prank or puzzleBy Jan on 08/29/2013 at 11:12 AM EDT
Does that mean those documents get read via doc.Responses? Because that's the
only thing I know of that needs the setting.
re: Here is a really fun Domino sever administrator prank or puzzleBy Andrew Pollack on 08/29/2013 at 12:46 PM EDT
Yes. That is exactly what it means.

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