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... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:59 am

e'ed Harold ...

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Sgt.MajorThistlewaite on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:07 am

Yup. Seems to be every few days, though not as regular as clockwork...how inappropriate. No
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  OldProfessorBear on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:16 am

Sgt.MajorThistlewaite wrote:Yup. Seems to be every few days, though not as regular as clockwork...how inappropriate. No

Scandalous. Our unplanned outages should be kept to a regular schedule! I shall write to the Times and my MP!

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  HAC on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:20 am

Appears to be more than the usual DB reset. I can;t even ssh into the server to reset it.. Proteus emailed...

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Tanuki on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:22 am

Do we (and by "we", I mean, "someone other than me") have any clue as to why such things happen? I come back after a time away, and immediately it goes down again - perhaps I am the cause?
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It's NOT ME!!

Post  proteus on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:35 am

To be fair, this particular outage appears to be affecting the whole VPS node we're on. Either something is terribly awry with our host's service at the moment (perhaps an attack?), or we managed to start a server on fire. ;-)

The former seems most likely. Follow brasstech on twitter for updates as I get them.

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Siliconous Skumins on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:44 am

Maybe I should start to follow up with my threat.... offer.... idea to host the BG forum myself... Rolling Eyes

Seriously, I can donate the hardware no problems, all I would need is maybe a *little* help with paying the costs of a buisiness grade internet connection - and the guarantee that the blog / forum will never break again! Laughing

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Tanuki on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:51 am

I shall pay you a billion internet dollars for this service. Sadly, the exchange rate being what it is, that only amounts to a single real dollar. But I would give it, nonetheless!
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Post  proteus on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:01 pm

Server never came back online after "routine maintenance".

Sorry about all the downtime folks, but this time it's out of my hands. Believe it or not, I *am* working on things that will improve the situation, but I inherited a bit of a mess, so the going is slow.

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  JosephR on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:16 pm

Thank you, Proteus. I'm just glad I found this forum to get something of a fix to keep me going. Guess I'll go read a book... study
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Gunny001 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:18 pm

Tanuki wrote:I shall pay you a billion internet dollars for this service. Sadly, the exchange rate being what it is, that only amounts to a single real dollar. But I would give it, nonetheless!


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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  JosephR on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:19 pm

Is that tea ready yet? Looked for the brandy under the stairs and couldn't find it. If there's any left, I'd like a slug in my tea, thanks.
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Sgt.MajorThistlewaite on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:49 pm

Siliconous Skumins wrote:Maybe I should start to follow up with my threat.... offer.... idea to host the BG forum myself... Rolling Eyes

Seriously, I can donate the hardware no problems, all I would need is maybe a *little* help with paying the costs of a buisiness grade internet connection - and the guarantee that the blog / forum will never break again! Laughing

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Unfortunately, These incompetents folks have already been paid for three years of service in advance...mostly by me. Mad grrrrrrrr! No sooner had the funding been applied than they started screwing up on a fairly regular basis....bah! Bad Show!
Just can't get good help these days......
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  proteus on Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:59 pm

Siliconous Skumins wrote:Maybe I should start to follow up with my threat.... offer.... idea to host the BG forum myself... Rolling Eyes

Seriously, I can donate the hardware no problems, all I would need is maybe a *little* help with paying the costs of a buisiness grade internet connection - and the guarantee that the blog / forum will never break again! Laughing

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I appreciate your generosity, but honestly this is the first time the outage has been the result of our host since we moved to A2 (don't get me started on the old Fasthosts a-holes). Most of the outages are caused by running oddly configured, patched-into-oblivion versions of software that were never meant or set up to handle the volume we currently get.

Moving BG onto your servers instead of A2's wouldn't help that situation, sadly. I am working on fixing the root cause, but I have to go slow (because this is something I do in my spare time, which I don't have much of these days), and be very careful (because I don't want to lose the "archives" in the process).

If you know a lot about properly configuring lighttpd, mysql, and PHP in CGI mode, though - I'd welcome your help on things!

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  darkshines on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:03 pm

Considering how much you kindly donated, I am amazed the board keeps crashing, it makes me wonder where your money has gone. I'm not saying its been nicked or squandered, but surely with those sorts of numbers in the old coffer we could at least afford a server that can cope?
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  proteus on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:06 pm

darkshines wrote:Considering how much you kindly donated, I am amazed the board keeps crashing, it makes me wonder where your money has gone. I'm not saying its been nicked or squandered, but surely with those sorts of numbers in the old coffer we could at least afford a server that can cope?

The money went entirely to hosting services. The server copes fine, it's the applications on it that can't handle the load. I'm working on that, but as I've said elsewhere, it's slow-going.

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Sgt.MajorThistlewaite on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:08 pm

For the record, and for what it's worth, Proteus, I know this is not your fault. Cool
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  darkshines on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:10 pm

Well...ok.....
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Siliconous Skumins on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:20 pm

Indeed Proteus, you so do a fine job keeping BG on the air. Don't think we don't notice your effort. Very Happy

Well done to you,sir! cheers

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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  Gunny001 on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:28 pm

JosephR wrote:Is that tea ready yet? Looked for the brandy under the stairs and couldn't find it. If there's any left, I'd like a slug in my tea, thanks.

Help yourself!


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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  HAC on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:29 pm

proteus wrote:
darkshines wrote:Considering how much you kindly donated, I am amazed the board keeps crashing, it makes me wonder where your money has gone. I'm not saying its been nicked or squandered, but surely with those sorts of numbers in the old coffer we could at least afford a server that can cope?

The money went entirely to hosting services. The server copes fine, it's the applications on it that can't handle the load. I'm working on that, but as I've said elsewhere, it's slow-going.

I wonder if something like Phorum or phBB would handle the load better, I know of several high-volume sites that use them.
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Re: ... and again (June 16 around 11:00 PM EDT)

Post  JosephR on Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:31 pm

Gunny001 wrote:
JosephR wrote:Is that tea ready yet? Looked for the brandy under the stairs and couldn't find it. If there's any left, I'd like a slug in my tea, thanks.

Help yourself!


Aaaaah. Thank you - just what I needed!
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