[sword-devel] osis2mod bug - PLEASE HELP

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Fri Mar 2 06:06:59 MST 2012

On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Brian J Dumont <brian.j.dumont at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've struggled with large commentaries before.  It always seemed that once
> commentary sections get too big, then random sections of text start
> disappearing.
> I'm currently almost done repackaging a part of the EarlyFathers module to
> be the homilies of John Chrysostom in commentary form.  Thing is, his
> homilies are long and I'm hitting the same problems again.  Previously, I've
> been able to split sections between verses to awkwardly get things to work.
>  This time I can't; some of these large homilies are on a single verse, and
> have another homily on the next.
> So this time I've had no choice but to give up or to buckle down and get
> something that the developers can really bite into.  I've created an example
> OSIS module.  One section: Matt.1.1.  No special characters, no footnotes,
> no headers, almost no markup at all really.
> I'm not compiling it into a compressed format.  My command/output is:
> [bjdasc at ascpc5] osis2mod mod debug.osis.xml
> You are running osis2mod: $Rev: 2671 $
> SUCCESS: osis2mod: has finished its work and will now rest
> I can't always predict *exactly* at what size it will fail (it seems to
> depend on things like number of paragraph markers, etc).  But it always
> fails when the section gets to be roughly 64,000 - 65,000 characters.  This
> is a pretty suspicious number, being just below 2^16.  I assume that I can't
> exactly predict the size because there's some overhead, some amount for
> paragraph markers, header, etc.
> The attached example file fails (I've also included the conf file that I'm
> using to make life easier for any developer that wishes to look at this).
>  The output is drastically shorter than the input.  Please delete one
> character from the text in Matt.1.1.  It all works nicely.
> This is not a front end problem.  I can reproduce the problem in either
> Xiphos or diatheke.  My diatheke command has been:
> diatheke -b Chrysostom  -k "Mt 1:1"
> But you can even see when it has failed by the size of the "nt" file created
> by osis2mod.  This osis file, as attached, creates an nt file that is 70
> bytes.  Delete one character and it goes up to 65607 bytes.  Note that 70
> bytes + 2^16 bytes = 65606 bytes.
> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ... I beg you ... I'm stuck without a fix to
> this ... it seems like it's an array size limit or a compiler size limit for
> some data type or something like that.  If you need some legwork, then let
> me know; I'll do it.
> Thanks in advance,
> Brian
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Try adding the switch '-s 4' to your import. Also change your driver
in the conf file to RawCom4. This will increase the per-entry size
limit from 2^16 bytes (the default) to 2^32 bytes giving you an
effective limit of 2GB for each verse or other entry.


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