Entrez linking broken (AGAIN!)

Mark Cavanaugh cavanaug at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Wed Sep 13 13:28:07 EST 2000


> To: genbank at net.bio.net
> Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 11:44:50 GMT
> From: "Bradley K.Sherman" <bks at emf.emf.net>
> Subject: Re: Entrez linking broken (AGAIN!)
> 
> In article <8pn2vf$dcd$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>,
> Mark Cavanaugh  <cavanaug at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov> wrote:
> >
> >But the search that you describe now works as it should,
> 
> Yes, it is working again now.  Are we likely to see more
> such incidents in the near future?  In particular, does
> this imply that some forms of Entrez hyperlink syntax are
> being deprecated?


This problem had no implications for hyperlink syntax that
I'm aware of.

As far as the possibility of future incidents: Sure, similar
problems could certainly arise when significant changes are made
to the Entrez/PubMed system. It's very difficult to simulate
the "real world" of extremely heavy loads, proxies, etc. when
testing new software.

NCBI *does* perform such simulations, but sometimes that simply
isn't enough... Hence the install, back-out, re-install, fix
scenario of the last week.

But this type of scenario is pretty rare; the testing which is
done is usually sufficient to catch big problems before
deployment.

If you find that this is *NOT* the case, we'd certainly like
to know; please continue to report difficulties via the
NCBI Service Desk:

	info at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 
	
Regards,

Mark Cavanaugh
GenBank


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