About the outage and upgrade

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About the outage and upgrade

Postby JoeStrout » Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:14 am

OK. I think we are finally back in action.

I'm too tired to type up a complete report of what went wrong, so let me sum up. Dreamhost upgraded their systems, broke the board, denied it for a while, flailed around trying to help for a while, and finally became nonresponsive. It became clear that the old files were not going to be easily fixed, so I decided to do a fresh install. After a few more false starts and lots of googling, I finally got it sorted out, thanks in part to our own Peter Hanely, who converted a sqlite3 dump into mysql format, and poured the data into the new database.

So, we're not only up and running again, we are now running on MySQL (rather than sqlite) and we're running the very latest version of phpBB (3.1.6). So that should help with the performance issues some of you were experiencing.

I am really, really sorry for the very long outage. I won't be using Dreamhost's "easy 1-click install" process ever again. Hopefully we won't run into this sort of junk again.

If anybody notices anything still awry, please let me know right away (admin at talk-polywell.org).

Thanks,
- Joe
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby crowberry » Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:50 am

Many thanks Joe for running Talk Polywell and for getting it back up again! :D

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby mvanwink5 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 12:52 pm

Thanks a million Joe and Peter. :D
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby JoeP » Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:23 pm

Thanks Joe, it is good to see TP alive.

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby hanelyp » Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:19 pm

A correction on the outage report, the old database was in sqlite2 format, which is getting rather long in tooth. The move to a mysql database should also prevent repeats of the occasional cases of severe lag the site used to suffer. sqlite, whether version 2 or the current 3, suffers badly when the database reaches the size of this site.
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby CherryPick » Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:43 pm

Thank you. Fortunately search engines gave some hints of what is going on. The BB upgrade virus is on on this fall. Another BB that I actively follow has had its problems. Third one is NextBigFuture. I was quite active there and stopped writing when they switched to SolidOpinion.

Thanks also about a light choices for this new version.
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby ltgbrown » Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:39 pm

Thanks Joe. I have been missing my daily Talk-Polywell fix! :D
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby choff » Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:54 pm

We're back in the saddle, well done!
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby Giorgio » Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:47 am

Good job guys! 8)
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby pdxpyro » Mon Nov 02, 2015 4:17 pm

Joe and Peter - I'd like to add my thanks! I've missed the forums!

Joe - I'd like to especially call out my thanks for the replies to my emails during the outage. The updates were much appreciated.

Regards,
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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby toddzilla » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:30 am

Thanks for getting TP back online!

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby Tom Ligon » Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:22 am

Thanks Joe and Peter! Knowing my level of patience with this sort of snafu, I'd have been screaming like a madman after a couple of days of that.

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Re: About the outage and upgrade

Postby krenshala » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:34 pm

Definitely getting faster responses on the new software. Thank you for taking the time to get things back up and running! :D

I'm looking at (assisting) upgrading an older version of phpBB (close to the version the old TP site ran, but already using mysql) for a site I help on. Were their any big snags to watch out for on the upgrade you did?


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