[Koha] Recovering from corrupt innodb tables

Chris Hobbs chobbs at nhusd.k12.ca.us
Fri Mar 11 18:29:24 NZDT 2011

  Hi all,

Just got done pulling off a (very) minor miracle, but thought I'd 
document it in the hopes that someone else in the same boat finds it 

We've been having performance problems for over a week, and I finally 
got around to checking the correct logs, and discovered that we had a 
corrupt page in one of those lesser used koha tables, something called 
biblio :-/

Of course, since I'd let it slide for over a week, bringing biblio back 
from backup would have meant lots of re-work for any cataloging done 
since the corruption began.

Because of the corrupt page, whenever a request was made against that 
particular page, the mysql database would restart, dropping the 
connections and causing general chaos. And thanks to google's robot, 
that corrupt page was getting hit pretty regularly as it turns out.

Some googling gave me an idea of how to retrieve what I could from the 
table (think binary search), finding the edges of the corrupt page. I 
ended up being able to recover all of the biblio records from 1-30227, 
and from 30313-91859, leaving a gap of 85 missing biblios.

I could have made our library technician (hi Katie) rebuild those 
records by hand, but biblioitems has all of the required information 
stored in the marcxml field. Thanks to prior questions being asked and 
answered on the list, I was able to put together the following query to 
recreate the missing records.

insert into biblio
select biblionumber, '' framework,
REGEXP '[a-zA-Z]' series,
from biblioitems where biblionumber >= 30228 and biblionumber <= 30312;

Hope somebody else finds this useful!

Chris Hobbs
Director, Technology
New Haven Unified School District

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