@bob I think if it contained people it would taste more interesting *. I have never "eaten" it for a meal, but I have tasted it. (as an occasional visitor to the bay area I tend to encounter people who seem to think it's a good idea). It tastes like pancake batter. I've been told that you can actually make pancakes with it.
* as in the movie, Soylent Green is the most desired soylent flavor.
see also: meatshake
There are lots of approaches to this. The simplest way to add this to any system, is write a temporary file, which represents the intention to publish those messages, then on startup, if that file is detected - check the messages are publish, and publish any that arn't. once all the messages are published, delete the file.
A more elegant way would be if flume had a batch mode. To make this fully solid, this would require updating the log file format. I do have some updates planned... to fix this performance problem. This is medium priority. I wanna get friends-algorithm out the door, and then I'm gonna work on group private messages. I feel this is a more urgent priority. Then database improvements.
... which is also named after the scifi story, seemingly without irony...
@bob now that you mention it, I remember @mix telling me about his sister's experience here (I forget the details, was it just a fair amount of 1:1 time?)
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