First off – my apologies for letting the site drop out over the past days. We had several outages, computer and human.
Sometime on Wednesday (I think), the site started to die after a operating system update and during the same day (I think), a automatic wordpress plugin update.
The system update was that (somehow) the database server got rolled back to an older version. This was the cause of the increasing levels of sluggishness in the site. The PHP was literally timing out on the database accesses because the some of the old default settings weren’t even close to optimal at even our base levels of traffic. Logged errors provided no easy diagnosis because it didn’t indicate what subsystem was causing the timeouts.
That was the computer outage.
Unfortunately I’d also had a bug from Monday onwards. Some kind of virus (probably) that pushed my lymph nodes into painful action, put me to sleep a lot, dropped my appetite to nil, and by Wednesday were making me vomit any solid food and in the last few days has eased off into diarrhea. It also pushed me into a bird brain lack of focus.
That was the human outage(s).
It wasn’t covid-19 as I have had my third (maybe fourth) unfortunate experience in getting tested – it never gets any better. I’ve lost 3kgs in a week, and I’m still on water, barley sugars, soup and soft scrambled eggs until I stop puking up solid food.
This week hasn’t been good times for me exactly in a good condition to try to solve this. However I had a crack at last night and found the data problem. This morning I managed to fix the other issues by detaching backend plugin to the point I could reactivate the functionality.
Let me know if there are any obvious problems. But for now I’m going to sip soup and have a bit of a lie down…. I’d suggest avoiding this human bug. It rather takes the joy out of life.
lprent: Opps – that got published as my testing alter ego AncientGeek, who as a mere whatever privilege level he is on, could change the author of the post