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Author Topic: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)  (Read 464 times)

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ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« on: July 17, 2020, 08:13:16 am »
The server went down hard yesterday due to an accidental install of a second web server by a package update with a major bug in its "also install" commands. The package with the bug was only up for about 30 minutes before the maintainer caught the problem. Unfortunately, that's when our server updated.

It took me forever to figure out why nothing was working -- because who expects a second web server to auto-install and take over from the one installed on the server. When I finally figured it out, getting things back to more or less working wasn't hard -- just time consuming.  For what it's worth, the maintainer was very apologetic and we were one of only 3 people around the world to download the update while it was buggy.  ::Cue Hee-Haw:: "If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all...."

Most things seem to be back and working. Those that I have noticed are not working are non-forum things that most members do not use.
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Re: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2020, 08:37:49 pm »
Most things seem to be back and working. Those that I have noticed are not working are non-forum things that most members do not use.

The front page (top-level site page, ecauldron.com) is missing items from its top-bar menu still, including the link that takes one to the main forum page. I know I'm unusual in habitually 'coming in through the front door', so this might qualify under 'most members do not use', but I thought it was worth a mention.

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Re: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2020, 06:03:36 am »
The front page (top-level site page, ecauldron.com) is missing items from its top-bar menu still, including the link that takes one to the main forum page. I know I'm unusual in habitually 'coming in through the front door', so this might qualify under 'most members do not use', but I thought it was worth a mention.

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Re: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 06:16:35 am »
The front page (top-level site page, ecauldron.com) is missing items from its top-bar menu still, including the link that takes one to the main forum page. I know I'm unusual in habitually 'coming in through the front door', so this might qualify under 'most members do not use', but I thought it was worth a mention.

I'm still trying to figure this out. I'm beginning to think it has nothing to do with the server issues. I may have to look for other causes.
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Re: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2020, 11:27:16 am »
I may have to look for other causes.

This appears to be fixed now (at least for me). The wordpress menu we use got switched for the standard menu. I have no idea what caused this but I really doubt the server issues had anything to do with it.
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Re: ADMIN: Unexpected Server Down Time (July 16, 2020)
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2020, 07:25:40 am »
This appears to be fixed now (at least for me).

Works for me again, too!

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