SMT repositories with "Data too long for column 'TITLE'" errors

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Subscription Management Tool (SMT)


SMT Repositories with errors:

2022-04-12 23:09:36 main - [info]  Repositories with errors  :
2022-04-12 23:09:36 main - [info]    * SLE-Product-SLES15-LTSS-Updates for sle-15-x86_64 (
2022-04-12 23:09:36 main - [info]    * SLE-Product-SLES15-SP1-LTSS-Updates for sle-15-x86_64 (
2022-04-12 23:09:36 main - [info]    * SUSE-CAASP-4.0-Updates for sle-15-x86_64 (
2022-04-12 23:09:36 main - [info]    * SUSE-Enterprise-Storage-6-Updates for sle-15-x86_64 (

The smt-mirror.log log shows:
SMT::Mirror::RpmMd - [info]  Updating patch data in the database (503 patches)
SMT::Mirror::RpmMd - [error]  Error getting patch data from repository: DBD::mysql::st execute failed: Data too long for column 'TITLE' at row 1 at /usr/lib/perl5/vendor_perl/5.18.2/SMT/ line 150.



The current workaround:

1. log into the SMT database:
mysql -h localhost -u smt -p smt
(the credentials are in /etc/smt.conf )

2. fix the column with these 2 mysql commands: 
DESCRIBE PatchRefs; 

By doing so, the table will be extended to store the longer patch titles.


Some new patches have titles that are longer than the existing 256 character limit on the SMT database column.
This causes errors while adding those patch titles to the SMT database.
This does not affect downloading RPM packages.


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  • Document ID:000020638
  • Creation Date: 04-May-2022
  • Modified Date:04-May-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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