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Originally Posted by jrk
At least until you get your siever fixed properly, have you thought about using composite specialq in the range which still works (assuming you've used only prime specialq)?
Assuming you are sieving the specialq on the rational side, I think it should not be too difficult to allow composite specialq's (on the algebraic side it would take more work). Might be worth doing as a quick measure to finish your current job.

It won't work. Almost all relations found with composite q will be duplicates.
If norm(a + balpha)/(pq) is smooth, it will have been found with either
special_q = p, or special_q = q (or both!)