COAST Security Archive Logo Problems to consider


Running an archive of this size is not a smooth task. Many small problems surface daily which have to be addressed. Failure to address these problems early on often leads to even greater problems later in time.

As we built an maintained the archive, our store of "lore" and problem-solving knowledge has increased. We Now recognise common problems with a variety of our tools, and know how to solve them immediately. We also have recognised common mistakes people make when dealing with the archive. These too are detailed below. Plus there are some limitations to our approach which we shall detail.

The key idea here is to motivate the reasons for building out tools and archive the way we did. Remember - many of these decisions may not seem optimal in hindsight, but at the time we were working in a new, dynamic and uncertain area.

Integrity Problems

Authentication Problems

Consistency Problems

Operational Problems


O Built by Mark Crosbie and Ivan Krsul.

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Last Modified: 7 March, 1995. (COAST Security Archive)