This error seems to wake-up with large ids >100.000.000 (like Ruby On Rails fixtures sys does).
Ok, like Piotr Jasiulewicz says this error appears because the sphinx was built without the –enable-id64 option.
Let’s go to solve this problem in Debian (note: I assume you use mysql, if not you have to change some dependencies packages).
Update 2012-05-31: this post refers to Debian Lenny i386. I don’t know if the binary package of Debian Squeeze (other distros, versions, architectures) is compiled with the same compile options at the moment. Anyway this post is intended to solve the specific warning (or to suggest a solution just in case you use another distro/architecture) .
Move to your preferred source folder (for example ~/src) or create it. Move to root user with su.
Download debian’s sphinxsearch sources:
#apt-get source sphinxsearch
Give permissions to your user on sphinxsearch files.
#chown -R youruser:youruser sphinxsearch*
Install mysql dev packages:
#apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev libmysqld-dev
Exit from root and return to your user. Enter in source folder of sphinxsearch (may vary with versions), configure with proper flags and make.
Please note that pgsql is disabled by default and you should take a look at configure options (./configure –help) to see if you need others options, I don’t (except for libstemmer but I ignore this here).
Ok. If all was ok at make/compile time you can move on installation.
Move to root user with su (uninstall debian sphinx package if needed) and install.
#apt-get remove sphinxsearch
That’s all. Happy Sphinx On Ruby On Rails with fixtures 🙂