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Outage

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 pm, September 21st, 2009 - 6 comments
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Sysop

The outage earlier this evening was due to the hosting company taking the server down..

We will be rebooting the host machine to update its kernel and apply some other fixes. The reboot will occur at approx 2200 PT (10pm Pacific time) on Sunday September 20th. Your server should be down for 5-10 minutes, we will restart it at the conclusion of the maintenance window.

When I got that, I thought that they were being optimistic. Also PDT evening on sunday is on our monday.

However when after two hours offline when I couldn’t even access the machine, I snuck some time out of house moving, asked and got this response…

The machine found some diecrepancies in the filesystem and forced an fsck- which it’s finishing now. We expect it should complete in the next 45min
Sorry about this unexpected delay.

(My italics, their spelling and freudian slip).

Hope that no-one got too many withdrawal symptoms…

Cheers
Lynn

6 comments on “Outage ”

  1. Noko 1

    If only you were using a Microsoft server product, much more secure and safe than this Linux rubbish. 😉

  2. lprent 2

    😈 You mean like the server 2003 in my home office that reboots at least once every week or so for “security” updates. Why does it have to reboot the frigging server for non-kernel updates. Why are there so many frigging bugs that they are still fixing after 6 years?. The event log is littered with security updates resulting in reboots.

    Unlike the linux server next to it that only has to reboot every other month to install a kernel update. Or the little old mac running the TV that I have to manually reboot because its kernel updates are so infrequent.

    At least server 2003 is better than my vista laptop that auto-updates over my iphone and forces me to hang around at work while it installs the updates at the end of the day EVERY day! I impatiently shut it down once – the horror of the startup still scars me. Incidentally the only reason I boot into vista i that is what the vaioZ came with. I put ubuntu server in there on dual boot and the only reason I can’t use it is because it doesn’t have iphone tethering abilities over USB (I find bluetooth too unreliable).

    The only windows system that doesn’t reboot itself more often than NACT ministers making fools of themselves is an old windows 2000 server that quietly runs my old TLib version control system. I really should shove that into virtualbox on the workstation. But it works better now that mickeysoft isn’t ‘fixing’ it all of the time.

    Yeah I could put them on manual updates but I really have too many systems.

  3. BLiP 3

    Fixed the search thingy, then?

    (BLiP ducks for cover)

    • lprent 3.1

      (lprent lethargically throws windows NT 3.5 installation media)… Been moving house. After carting bags of shoes, handbags and clothes to the third floor bedroom because Lyn did something nasty to her back, I barely have the strength to throw a light operating system.

      • BLiP 3.1.1

        That’s right – I remember you saying.

        I hate moving house. Whenever the prospect comes up, I insist the Domestic Manager budget for some other poor buggers to come in and do it all for us. Its sounds a bit late in your case and, by now, you’re probably an expert, but I have learned one trick. Even if you have a team coming in to do the grunt work, make sure you pack the essential items yourself into a little red box – by essential items I mean: the remote controls and the corkscrew.

  4. lprent 4

    I was so tramautised by a series of rapid moves 13 years ago, that I brought an apartment in auckland – which I’d sworn never to do. When you added in the cost of moving my data lines every 6 months, it became worth while.

    However it was a great one bedroom apartment for a programming batchelor. The only bad spot was finding the leaks in the outside structure, which while they noisely got fixed. That forced me to go and find a 9-5 and stop working from home because the sound of grinders tripping off the outer coating did nasty things to my productivity.

    When Lyn moved in, it became rapidly apparent that it was too small for two people who obsessively work af home. Now I have moved twice this year – the reasons I hate moving are returning to my perception. House buying is next. There has been a settlement on the leaky building now that we fixed it. So I’m no longer held to paying a mortgage on an un-saleable apartment while the interest rates go through the stratosphere. However for the moment I have a years lease from the people renting the apartment and for where we are renting. That will do for data line stability for a while.

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