I've had servers run that long before, or nearly so, but that's not bad. But it is starting to show some odd errors - lost database connections, errors starting threads, that sort of thing - that just haven't happened before.
If it gets any worse I'll reboot the server, but first I'll see about getting everything set up on Akane.
Microsoft have a program called BizSpark that offers free development tools and server software to small web startups.
I'm a small web startup. I'm about as small a web startup as you can find. And while I'm not sure I want to move away from Python, I could use IronPython and have access to all the other Visual Studio languages - so I could easily import modules written in C# or IronRuby or whatever.
And SQL Server 2008 has some attractive advantages over MySQL, and can be licensed quite cheaply for web applications.
But I wasn't going to spend a lot of time, effort, and money testing out the Microsoft platform when open source was working pretty well. Microsoft knows this, so they set up BizSpark to remove one of those factors completely.
SoftLayer is now a BizSpark partner, which made it really easy for me to apply. So I did. And today my application was approved.
Now I just have about three metric tons of stuff to download. They are very generous. I currently have Visual Studio Express installed - it's the free edition, but it gives you access to a pretty decent set of tools for basic development. Now I have access to so many different versions of their enterprise-level development tools that I don't know where to start.
Whether and how I use the software remains to be seen. I do want to write a desktop client as a companion to Minx, so that seems to be the place to start. But in any case, I have to thank Microsoft for giving me access to all this stuff.
Yeah, sorry about that. I saw the comments go missing, and I figured that it had to be index corruption. A scan confirmed this, so I ran a fix immediately, but that more-or-less locks out the application while it's running, hence the 500 errors.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, May 31 2009 05:38 AM (PiXy!)
We're virtualised now. I'll never have to do another messy server move. When we get the next server (which could be quite a while, since Akane has a much better upgrade path than our previous servers), all I need to do is set up OpenVZ (or Virtuozzo) on the new system, copy the container across, and then on the day of the move, stop the old container, do an rsync update, and start it up on the new server.
A few things broke because of CPanel overwriting configuration files, or version changes of underlying software, or moving from 32-bit to 64-bit. Next time, none of that will happen.
Hi Pixy, I have a question about the server you described over at Ace of Spades HQ â€”
â€œa dual-processor quad-core hyper-threaded Xeon E5520 with 24GB of RAM, a 4TB RAID-5 array (using an Adaptec 5805 controller), a 32GB Intel X25-E SSD, redundant power supplies, and a gigabit internet connection, running CentOS 5.3 and OpenVZ.â€
â€” Does this server host all of your mee.nu sites, or just Ace?
Posted by: CTN at Saturday, May 23 2009 11:52 PM (hJ2AD)
It's to host all of mu.nu and mee.nu, replacing three smaller servers. Ace is just one of the biggest sites and was going to be down a little longer because I had to set up the comments server separately, so I posted an announcement there.
There's a second, smaller server in the new arrangement - a quad-core Xeon 3230 with 2GB of RAM - but that's mainly for test and development. I got that because it came as a special deal with 4TB of bandwidth that I can pool with the main server - for half the price of the bandwidth alone.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, May 24 2009 12:00 AM (PiXy!)
My next question isnâ€™t fair, primarily because itâ€™s none of my business . . . . but . . . how do you make money hosting sites for others, for free, when it requires you to maintain oodles of hardware and software, with no ostensible returns?
Posted by: CTN at Sunday, May 24 2009 12:19 AM (tyVJj)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, May 24 2009 12:33 AM (PiXy!)
Clearly, I should have opened my reader before my site this morning.
Thanks for all your hard work!!
Posted by: pam at Sunday, May 24 2009 01:29 AM (l6NIn)
Thanks, Pixy! Main menu good--blacklist not so good: "An error occurred: Byte order is not compatible at blib/lib/Storable.pm
(autosplit into blib/lib/auto/Storable/thaw.al) line 415, at
lib/MT/PluginData.pm line 28"
Sorry to be such a pest!
Posted by: Susie at Sunday, May 24 2009 02:51 PM (SFNt4)
It actually works four times out of five. But reading the log files it creates will give you the impression that not only has it failed, it's crashed your server and the two adjacent servers and set the rack on fire.
Update: It installs 2.6GB of stuff. Or in one case, 3.1GB. I'm reinstalling that one.
My favourite part of the whole install process is this:
!! If you want to create a support ticket with cPanel regarding this please reference 'BuildAP Report Id': '2035297' !! Stopping portmap: [FAILED] inetd: no process killed Shutting down kernel logger: [PASSED] sendmail: no process killed open3: exec of /etc/rc.d/init.d/exim stop failed at ./install line 1049 open3: exec of /etc/rc.d/init.d/exim start failed at ./install line 1049 open3: exec of /etc/rc.d/init.d/proftpd start failed at ./install line 1049 If you are getting an "undefined catalog error", please run: Found hostname to be azusa.mu.nu, which resolves to 184.108.40.206 initfpsuexec: using apache 2.x support error reading information on service proftpd: No such file or directory error reading information on service exim: No such file or directory error reading information on service cpanel: No such file or directory error reading information on service bandmin: No such file or directory Starting sshd: [ OK ] Cannot open /etc/chkserv.d at /scripts/restartsrv_exim line 99.
What this means is that the main install has completed succsessfully and it's now configuring Apache and PHP.
But you knew that already, right? After all, if you wanted to indicate success, a string of neon-green boldface messages that use the word "failed" four times and "error" five times would be your first choice.
Didn't mean to imply you didn't know how, was just curious if that was how you tried to do it.
Because it appears that color can also be set using the "styles & formatting" button, which (1) I've never used except to specify fonts, and (2) I see only in the post editor, not the comment editor. (I gather what displays for the editors is somewhat browser dependent: When mee.nu first came online, I didn't have any editing buttons for comments (although I did for posts). The comment buttons appeared a couple of months later when Pixy upgraded some of the tools/widgets.)
Posted by: Old Grouch at Monday, May 18 2009 03:52 AM (N7blS)
Something I noticed that may or may not be a bug.
When I go to browse my templates, at the bottom I get the << Page 1 >> widget showing up. I can click the right arrow, get to Page 2, and it's all the same stuff. Go to Page 3, it's all the same again. It looks like I can just keep clicking forever and I see the same thing over and over again.
Posted by: Will at Thursday, May 21 2009 04:11 PM (RMeRQ)
I just bought 5GB of content for Bryce, the terrain-modelling and 3D-rendering program. I've hardly touched Bryce since I bought it on sale late in 2007* but I do have a nice new quad-core system with a teraflop graphics card to run it on if I ever find the time.
So, you ask, if I never use the program, why did I buy all that content?