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Sorry about that.

Postby Owen » Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:47 am

Well, that was fun.

Those of you who tried to access the forum between now and Saturday will already know that it was down. Basically, some things went wrong with the update and the database was corrupted - that's the bit with all your posts, usernames, passwords and the like, so it's pretty important. Fortunately it's so important that I made a backup before I started the update - in fact, I wasn't completely sure the backup had worked, so I made two. They were both corrupt.

To cut a long story short, we fixed it with some SQL magic and a lot of help from our host Mike. We came close to losing the lot; we were lucky the backups had the bits that were missing from the old database, and vice versa. The database is now on a server I own, which allows me access to a full set of database tools including more reliable backup software. I'm considering moving the entire forum to my server sometime in the new year, but it's early days yet and I have to look into some things before we get round to any of that.

I'd like to say thank you all for being so patient - and to the few of you who called our complaints line with words of encouragement, that's not what it's for. But it was definitely appreciated.

As always, if anybody spots anything not working after the update please let us know by posting it here on in the suggestions thread (see my signature for a link), or by PM if you feel the need.

Thanks again,
- Owen

Original post about the updates:
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Hi all :D Just to let you know I'm scheduling forum downtime at noon my local time (UTC/GMT) on Saturday to apply the latest update to the board's phpBB software.

I don't know how exactly long it will take, but I'm estimating an hour - previous updates have taken longer, but I made some changes and the auto-updater seems to be playing nicely with the board, so hopefully it won't take long. If for some reason it takes longer, I apologise.

I realise this is short notice, but I will be travelling next weekend and wanted to apply the update while I have a reliable internet connection. Sorry if this inconveniences anyone.

Thanks!
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Re: Scheduled downtime - 12 Noon UTC, Saturday (Approx 1hr)

Postby mikekearn » Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:13 am

For US residents who don't want to do the conversion, that's 4 AM PST, or 7 AM EST. Or somewhere in between for anyone else not living in Hawaii or Alaska.
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Re: Scheduled downtime - 12 Noon UTC, Saturday (Approx 1hr)

Postby the_shankmaster » Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:54 pm

HOW DARE YOU TAKE MY BOARD FROM ME AT 4AM!

Just kidding.

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Re: Scheduled downtime - (Approx [strike]1hr[/strike] 4 days)

Postby LawCleaver » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:33 pm

Sorry that things went south on you, Owen.

Thanks for your hard work in getting us back up! :loveDSP
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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby mikekearn » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:32 am

I'm just glad it's all up and running again. Thanks for bringing it back to us. :)
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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby 42th » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:06 am

YAY! Thank you Owen for getting everything back to normal! :D
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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby phenomanomanomable » Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:33 pm

Well done on fixing it :D
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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby starseedjenny » Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:12 pm

Owen wrote:I'd like to say thank you all for being so patient - and to the few of you who called our complaints line with words of encouragement, that's not what it's for. But it was definitely appreciated.


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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby icehsm » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:14 am

nicely done owen, i'm proud to call you my son.
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Re: Sorry about that.

Postby TheoGB » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:22 am

I'm out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur...

No really, amazing work. I missed the outage but I HATE going through SQL crap like that so fantastic stuff, guys. :)
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