August 23, 2005

Fixed Broken Fixed, Again

Update: All better! It will be a bit slow for the first few hours, because it is still rebuilding the RAID array, but we haven't lost any data and everything is working just as it was.

Update: It's a hardware problem. One of the disks in the server has gone mad, causing all sorts of nasty problems. We are getting lots of spam and other crap, but the reason the system can't cope any more is due to the failing disk drive.

Sorry about that everyone.

A combination of blog-spam and denial of service attacks overloaded the server to the point where I couldn't log in to fix it. This happened while I was asleep, unfortunately, so it was a few hours before I found out.

We are still getting bombed with trackback and comment spam. I've turned comments back on, but trackbacks are still off and will be for the next few hours.

Posted by Pixy Misa at August 23, 2005 10:17 PM | TrackBack

Hey, who told you that you were allowed to sleep? ;)

Posted by Susie at August 23, 2005 10:39 PM


I have no idea if the server could handle the load for this (or if you could even trigger the necessary rebuilds) but renaming the comments and trackbacks scripts puts an immediate stop to the flood, then you can turn the functionality back on. But I don't know if the rebuilding of all the MuNu blogs would cripple the server worse than the attack.

Works like a charm on smaller installations (I find I have to rename about once a week) but no idea if it could scale to MuNu.


Posted by Light & Dark at August 24, 2005 12:58 AM

I've heard rumors that Harvey and Susie are working on wiring your bed so that you are awakened when the server is down, but I told them I wanted no part of it, as I appreciated the massive efforts you already put into the server. Thanks!

Posted by Ogre at August 24, 2005 01:33 AM

Test test. :)

Posted by Pixy Misa at August 24, 2005 07:48 PM

So, you were taking your monthly nap and everything went to hell in a handbasket?... figures. :)

Yay for Pixy! We're back!

Posted by Teresa at August 24, 2005 07:51 PM

Yay Pixy! Last night--no blog. Then, today, automagically--blog!

Posted by ensie at August 24, 2005 10:03 PM

Thank u Pixy!

Posted by Mark at August 24, 2005 10:25 PM

Hooray for Pixy!

Posted by Jordana at August 24, 2005 10:46 PM

Thanks so much for everything you do.

Now, about that tip jar...

Posted by Ted at August 24, 2005 11:41 PM

Yay!... Many thanks for your perpetual work keeping us afloat!

Posted by Tim at August 24, 2005 11:41 PM

Thank you, Pixy!

Posted by nic at August 25, 2005 12:01 AM
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