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Advanced Management Commands

rb-site provides a manage command for certain management tasks. The format for the commands is always:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site command-name -- parameters

The management commands that administrators are most likely to use are explained in detail in the following sections.

To get a complete list of all management commands, run:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site help

And to retrieve information on a specific management command:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site help command-name

Search Indexing

Review Board installations with indexed search enabled must periodically index the database. This is done through the rebuild_index and update_index management commands (The index command will be deprecated in a future release).

To perform a full index:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site rebuild_index

To perform an index update:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site update_index -- -a <hours>

where <hours> is the number of hours since the last update. We recommend using -a 1 and run the update command every 10 minutes. This command should be run periodically in a task scheduler, such as cron on Linux.

A sample crontab entry is available at conf/cron.conf under an installed site directory.

The generated search index will be placed in the search index directory specified in the General Settings page. By default, this should be the search-index directory in your site directory.

Creating a Super User

It is possible to create a new super user account without using the website. This can be important if the main super user account is for whatever reason disabled or if the login information is lost.

To create a new super user account, run:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site createsuperuser

This will prompt for the username and password of the account. You must specify a user that doesn’t already exist in the database. Once this is finished, you should be able to log in under the new account and fix any problems you have.

Opening a Command Shell

Power users who wish to run Python commands against an installed Review Board server can do so with the shell management command. This can be useful if you’re a developer looking to test some code against Review Board.

To open a Python command shell, run:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site shell

Resetting Review Request Counters

The counters in the Dashboard along the left-hand side, indicating the number of review requests, can potentially be incorrect if changes were made manually to the database or if there was an error while attempting to save information to the database.

You can fix these counters by running:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site fixreviewcounts

This is done automatically when upgrading a site.

Invalidating API Tokens

New in version 5.0.

The API tokens for a set of users can be invalidated by running:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site invalidate-api-tokens <user1> <user2>...

To invalidate the tokens of all users, run:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/site invalidate-api-tokens --all

You can also supply a reason for invalidating the tokens by passing the --reason <reason> argument.

Find Large Diffs

New in version 5.0.3.

When troubleshooting performance problems, it can be helpful to scan for large diffs that may have been uploaded to the database.

This command will output in CSV format, for processing and analysis.

Results from this command will often be requested when contacting support about performance problems.

To check for large diffs from the past N days, run:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/sitedir find-large-diffs \

To check for a range of review request IDs:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/sitedir find-large-diffs \
      --start-id=<ID> --end-id=<ID>

For example:

$ rb-site manage /path/to/sitedir find-large-diffs --num-days=100
This will scan 35 review requests. Continue? [Y/n] y
Review Request ID,Last Updated,User ID,Max Files,Max Diff Size,Max Parent Diff Size,Diffset ID for Max Files,Diffset ID for Max Diff Size,Diffset ID for Max Parent Diff Size
325,2023-03-22 02:54:45.411235+00:00,1,122,101288,0,514,514,0
328,2023-03-09 12:21:57.841850+00:00,1,14,63378,160718,517,517,517
334,2023-04-23 01:36:54.422582+00:00,1,6,70384,108192,535,535,535
337,2023-09-14 22:54:14.637025+00:00,1,5,107403,0,543,544,0

The following options are available to customize your scan:

--min-size <MIN_SIZE_BYTES>

Minimum diff or parent diff size to include in a result.

A review request is included if a diff meets --min-size or --min-files.

Defaults to 100000 (100KB).

--min-files <MIN_FILES>

Minimum number of files to include in a result.

A review request is included if a diff meets --min-size or --min-files.

Defaults to 50.

--start-id <ID>

Starting review request ID for the scan.

Either --start-id or --num-days must be specified.

--end-id <ID>

Last review request ID for the scan.

Defaults to the last ID in the database.

--num-days <DAYS>

Number of days back to scan for diffs.

Either --start-id or --num-days must be specified.

--noinput, --no-input

Disable prompting for confirmation before performing the scan.