At first, there was a problem downloding with the torrent, as you can see in the comments area here. More specifically, the downloading of stackoverflow dump data got stuck. A few days later the downloading seemed to work. However,

When I ran tail -n 10 Posts.xml, I got

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The creationDate suggests this is probably the last dump (september, 2014). Data dump from other sites seems to be current although I only verified with small sites like apple.stackexchange.com.
How did this happen? And more importantly, can it be fixed?


I took another look at the files I downloaded. enter image description here

Its Data Modified appears to be wrong. In comparsion for apple.stackexchange.com, enter image description here

This one seems to be correct.

  • What is the sort order of the content in Posts.xml? Perhaps not by date?
    – Werner
    Apr 24, 2015 at 16:43
  • Related post on MSO: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/289795/…
    – rene
    Apr 24, 2015 at 17:49
  • @Werner I took a look at the extracted stackoverflow Posts.xml file, its date modified is sept 17, 2014. So I think they have the wrong file after all...
    – Gnijuohz
    Apr 24, 2015 at 17:59
  • @rene Thanks! I'm downloading the individual files now. Gonna take a long time. :(
    – Gnijuohz
    Apr 24, 2015 at 18:00
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    @Werner I've done grep 2014-10 Votes.xml to verify that, and no results: meta.stackexchange.com/a/269760/200117 2014-09 is the latest it seems. Nov 21, 2015 at 13:30


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