Rebuilding statistics from previous months on Plesk 8.3

There was a bug in versions of Plesk prior to 8.3 where the AWStats statistics for the previous months were unavailable. It was a bug within Plesk’s AWStat’s implementation, and it was fixed in Plesk 8.3. However, the fix only corrected the issue moving forward after the upgrade. There was no automated way to rebuild the previous months’ statistics, even though the AWStats data was right there on the disk!
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Why I use Plesk

It seems like I have a conversation like this one at least once a week: Them: “Hey Major, you’re a pretty nerdy guy, what server distro do you use?” Me: “I use CentOS 4 right now.” Them: “CentOS? Why not use something more cutting edge, like Fedora or Gentoo?” Me: “Well, I like those, but Plesk works really well with CentOS.” Them: “Seriously? You use Plesk? WHY?” My CentOS server hosts a fair amount of domains for people I know and people I don’t know.
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Parallels Summit 2008 – Day 1

I’m really enjoying the Parallels Summit in Washington D.C. this week. The folks from Parallels have been great, and the vendors we have met are selling some pretty tremendous products. Lots of folks have been asking for a summary of what’s going on after my Twitter posts appeared earlier today. Here’s the latest information I’ve seen and heard today: Parallels Development Strategy » Create an SMB edition, solidity the Application Packaging Standard (APS), and further integrate billing
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Forcing qmail to process e-mail in the queue

Normally, qmail will be able to process the mail queue without any interaction from the system administrator, however, if you want to force it to process everything that is in the queue right now, you can do so: kill -ALRM pgrep qmail-send If for some peculiar reason you don’t have pgrep on your server, you can go about it a slightly different way: kill -ALRM ps ax | grep qmail-send | grep -v grep | awk '{print $1}' Your logs should begin filling up with data about e-mails rolling through the queue.
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After Plesk upgrade, “Cannot initialize InnoDB”

Upgrading Plesk from 7.5.x to 8.x will change your Plesk-related MySQL tables from MyISAM to InnoDB. This allows for better concurrency in the Plesk panel when a lot of users are logged in simultaneously. However, some server administrators will disable InnoDB support in MySQL to save resources. This will cause problems after the upgrade. Plesk may display an error on a white page that looks something like: Cannot initialize InnoDB
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