Well this is an all around mess. Two issues:
We have a secondary site server (DP/MP, etc) that was running dangerously low on HD space-about 200MB free. Before I learned of this, I was in the middle of updating (via Delta) a large package of around 800MB. Once I learned of the low space, I removed said package from the DP via the central site sever SMS console. Because I couldnt see any space freed up on the DP, I manually deleted the PCK file on the DP. It definitely freed up a bit of space, but now the despooler component is hung up, trying to update a non-existent package. In the despool.log, endless entries like this for the last 5 days:
~Processing incoming file D:\SMS\inboxes\distmgr.box\INCOMING\ZK41LG7K.PKG. $$<SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER><Sun May 24 13:16:02.474 2009 Eastern Daylight Time><thread=7628 (0x1DCC)>
~Package RTR00044 requires a newer version (14) of source files and the new compressed files haven't arrived yet, current version is 9, skip D:\SMS\inboxes\distmgr.box\INCOMING\ZK41LG7K.PKG $$<SMS_DISTRIBUTION_MANAGER><Sun May 24 13:16:02.521 2009 Eastern Daylight Time><thread=7628 (0x1DCC)>
How can I stop the despooler from doing this?
To free up more space I removed several unused packages from the DP. But, the PCK files are still there, even though on the central site server they show as not being on the DP. Perhaps because the despooler is 'hung' its not deleting the PCK files? Is it Ok to manually delete these PCK files? How can I ensure they are properly removed?