August 31, 2005
I and others will be auctioning/selling items in the hopes of raising additional funds for the hurricane victims. Please join us in this global effort. Thanks!
August 30, 2005
August 29, 2005
How do I fix this?
August 27, 2005
And then the server decided that now was a good time to do a full filesystem check, which took another hour.
Sorry about that, everyone. We'll have to schedule another outage, probably next weekend or the following one, but things should go a bit quicker next time.
Hopefully that will fix all of our present problems, so we can get on with creating new and better problems.
Help! Has anyone ever imported entries from Blog City into Movable Type? From what I can tell, I can do a find and replace from a backup xml file that I get from Blog City.
Hints! Anyone have any other tips on importing? Any hints would be appreciated!!!
August 26, 2005
August 25, 2005
Update: Fix fix. Better.
Update: Another full backup done and sent offsite. I'm also sending the offsite backups off to another offsite site, because I'm feeling extra-paranoid right now.
Can somebody tell me what this means?
Can't call method "id" without a package or object reference at /home/blog/public_html/cgi/lib/MT.pm line 381.
It happens when I try to publish my entry.
Did I break it?
Prime Minister Pixy Misa made the announcement today from an undisclosed location in Outer Mongolia where he had been vacationing with cabinet members and their families.
“The persons responsible for these attacks are cowards of the worst order,” stated the PM. The use of illegal Spam-bomb technology, the timing of the most recent attack, the pattern of attack, each of these leads us to believe that these attacks are not the work of disgruntled individuals or insurgents organized by Blogsnotistanian, but are well funded and well orchestrated attacks by organized mercenary Spammers.”
Casualties were heavy on Tuesday when the latest attack occurred. Hospitals in the capitol city of Ambia filled quickly, as the wounded were moved in from the outlying regions of Munuviana and Ellis Island.
“I don’t believe any were killed in the most recent attack, but there is not a single citizen untouched by the events of the last several weeks,” observed Misa. “They have found their families under attack, their businesses cut off from traffic, and their constitutionally protected rights violated by these terrorists.”
These attacks have caused residents to demand work be sped up on the wall, known in adminstrative circles as Project Firewall. In spite of the obvious benefits provided by such a barrier, however, there have been some problems getting it built.
"The project to construct a wall between the more vulnerable regions of Munuvia and known Spammer hangouts has been in the works for years," stated an undentified bar owner and IT guru involved in Operation Firewall. "But in spite of the safety it would afford our small nation, UN officials and Amnesty International have already denounced it and are calling for a tribunal of nations spearheaded by Nigeria to study it. Can you believe that? Nigeria, of all places. Spamming is the greatest part of their GNP."
"Next thing you know," added a patron seated at the bar, "we'll be forced to give these terrorists land for a homeland within our own borders. And we know how well that works. Look at Gaza."
The Cotillion, a think tank of conservative women with offices located in the green zone in central Munuvia City, suffered extensive damage during the attack on Tuesday, but was able to rebound quickly. Workers from several private US and Pan Pacific defense contractors were onsite within hours, securing the perimeter and providing a much needed visual respite for the women in the facility.
“We were not terribly concerned about being overrun during this wave of attacks,” stated Cotillian spokesman e-clair, blogger with a penchant for witty remarks at the end of each group post. “We’re well armed, both literally and metaphorically. And unlike other think tanks, we actually are able to defend our statements. That one fact seems to attract the sort of situation we saw here in Munuvia on Tuesday. We hate to think that it was our recent move to this lovely country that precipitated these attacks, but it certainly would appear to have been a factor.”
Affected Munuvians spent the night in temporary shelters, anxiously awaiting the end of the attack and the return of service to their stricken nation. Members of the USAir Force Security Force, under the watchful eye of Slaglerock, provided security for both the shelters and the affected sites.
Working with local law enforcement, Slaglerock’s contingent also kept the local morale up by providing a temporary beach volleyball court and several teams for pairs play with residents, who were appreciative of the vast improvement in scenery.
“There’s just something to be said for the men providing security here,” commented Anika, a longtime resident of Munuvia. “They work hard, they apparently play hard, and they look great doing it. And just because the women of Munuvia are intelligent and discerning doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the human form.”
At least we weren't losing $2000 a minute while the system was down - I've been there, don't want to repeat it.
On the other hand, to lose $2000 a minute you'd have to have actual revenues in the first place...
One other thing: Trackbacks and searches (the Movable Type search function) are turned off for now. I'll turn them back on in the morning (my morning - about six hours from now) when I'll be around to keep an eye on things. They were using excessive amounts of memory - hundreds of megs - which would be a problem even if the server wasn't all flaky.
I've just taken a full database backup and shipped it off to the backup server just in case.
We do have backups off-site, so if anything critical is lost (and it's more than 24 hours old) we'll be able to get it back.
After repairing two databases, I was able to do a full SQL dump of everything, so I don't think there's anything else lurking at the bottom of the swamp, but do let me know if you run across anything.
We're getting the same error as yesterday, but on the other drive.
Note: Trackbacks are turned off, because every little bit helps, and they're 98% spam anyway.
I'm just re-updating the backups, and then I'm going to reboot. We'll be down for about five minutes, and we'll see if that helps at all.
Update: Rebooting didn't do anything useful. I've logged a support ticket. We should be getting the drive replaced on Sunday morning, unless the problem gets worse, in which case we'll just shut down and do it right away.
It's a really strange problem. The server is using the same brand of RAID controller - 3Ware - that I use in all the servers at work, and in four years I've never seen anything like this. On the other hand, the disk performance of this system has always been a bit sluggish, so maybe there was something wrong all along.
Thanks for all the hard work!!!!!!!!!!
I'm looking at setting up twice-daily backups, so that if we ever go down again I can just say "hell with it" and switch to the other server.
I'm also looking at moving to a cluster, instead of a single server. More on this soon.
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