We have a very large Merge publication for a data warehouse with some large (.bcp files on the order of 20GB) fact tables that is causing us tremendous trouble.
Specifically, we created a publication and a subscription, and things ran OK w/ a couple hiccups (disk space). After the first hiccup (log space exhausted) we saw this:
You must rerun snapshot because current snapshot files are obsolete.
On restart, it did pretty much what one would expect (went through the process, skipping things it had already done).
At the end we saw the 'nothing to do' message, but immediately it went back into the ftp/apply process, failing b/c when it tries to apply the .sch file 'can't drop the table because it is being used in replication'.
So things are obviously hosed. Restarting from zero might be advised but we did the 'remove publication' sproc on the offending subscriber last night so we should have been clean.
Also, this whole process (downloading and applying) took 9 hours, so if possible I would like to get to the root of it before restarting the process. Why would the snapshot have become obsolete in such a short period? What could have gone awry? If you have any questions or need info, let me know.