Dear Santa, thank you for the dolls and pencils and the fish. It's Easter now, so I hope I didn't wake you but... honest, it is an emergency. There's a crack in my wall. Aunt Sharon says it's just an ordinary crack, but I know its not cause at night there's voices so... please please can you send someone to fix it? Or a policeman, or...
Back in a moment.
Thank you Santa.

Saturday, September 25

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Content Not Relevant, Testing Something

I mean, not relevant to this particular post, it is relevant o the world at large and the frauds in charge.



Also, this is literally the objectification of women.

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Wednesday, August 04

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Server Problems

This server is crashing almost every day right now.

I have a new server, and I have complete and up-to-date backups on the new server.

What I haven't had so far is any time to configure this system on the new server.

Should happen in the next few days.  I pulled about a forty-hour week just between 5PM Friday and 9AM Monday, but that was the last drama from that product launch, and the next launch isn't for, oh, a week at least.

It's not until October that things will get really crazy.

I did get a raise, and we've hired a bunch of new staff, so it should get less crazy by the end of the year.  I just need to survive long enough to see it...

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Thursday, May 20

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Google In The Apiary With A Lead Pipe

The server was getting overloaded with crappy requests again, but I couldn't see any difference between the crappy requests overloading the server and the usual crappy requests that only take about 50 milliseconds and cause no problems at all.

Except that we were also getting indexed by Google and the Google bot was tracking links to RSS feeds in places where RSS feeds don't really belong but the server will do its best to fulfil anyway.

So I blocked a couple of those.  Not all of them, just a couple.

And the problem was resolved.

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Sunday, April 18

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The Prodigal Server Returns

Yes, Akane is back - our shiny Ryzen 3700X, with its 64GB of ECC RAM and enterprise NVMe storage - in a shade under two weeks.

Doing a full offsite backup, followed by software updates, then we can return to something approaching normality.



Meanwhile I'm getting errors on the backup drive I had them swap into the new server at my day job, which is annoying because I'll need to re-take or re-verify 11TB of backups, but nothing is actually down which is refreshing.

Update: Backups of our server are complete.  That server is so fricking fast compared to this one.  I'd like to replace it with a 5900X but it's already really fast.

Backups of the backups of the work server are ongoing, since there's 60x as much data over there.  (11TB vs. 180GB.)

Oh, and the HoloEN Minecraft server is back too.


Update: One of the things that worried me about the main server being down for so long was that I didn't have an up-to-date offsite backup.  I did have offsite backups, just nothing less than a month old.

That server is running LXD virtualisation on ZFS.  This gives you two ways to do backups:
  1. lxc snapshot which is simple and instantaneous and uses minimal disk space but is stored on the local drive
  2. lxc export which gives you a complete portable backup in a single file but by default backs up your everything straight into your root filesystem

So if your container is larger than the available space in your root filesystem, splat.

You can configure it not to do that, but it's not very well documented, and by not very well documented I mean have fun trawling through Stack Overflow, sucker.

Anyway, since right now everyone is on this server and that server is free, I thought I'd try updating the software and configuring proper backups with lxc export.

Tried it on a small container - around 1GB - with pigz (parallelised GZip) compression, and it completed in 15 seconds.  Great!

Tried it on the main blog container, which is around 70GB of active data, and so far it's been running for two and a half hours, has used 470GB of temporary space, and hasn't even started writing the backup file yet.

Oh, and it doesn't give you any progress information, not even Microsoft level where the indicator sometimes runs backwards.

And you can't stop a running backup.

This is garbage.

Update: Always use --instance-only to avoid the snapshot explosion, and to cancel a running export, kill the pigz; the backup process will abort cleanly.  

Meanwhile I'm watching Kanata building and tuning an array of Minecraft note blocks and redstone delay thingies to play Hololive songs by ear.  She doesn't even count, she just goes wapwapwapwapwap on one block after another and it comes out right.  Gen 4's own little Beethoven.

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Monday, April 12

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Captain's Log, Star Date Whatever The Hell Today Is

Deployed an Nginx instance configured as a caching proxy and it seems to be helping out a lot.  Load average has dropped from 40 to - right now - 2.  Wait, 10.  Wait, 7.  It's still bouncing around a but but not getting out of control as it was earlier.

That's a combination of (1) disabling sessions on static files, (2) caching said static files, and (3) people not impatiently hitting F5 when the site is slow to load because the site mostly isn't slow to load.

I didn't much enjoy this bit, though:

2021/04/12 13:29:43 [emerg] 4954#4954: "proxy_busy_buffers_size" must be less than the size of all "proxy_buffers" minus one buffer in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf:66

All I can say is that the trains would collide head-on just outside Albany.

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Monday, April 05

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Older Posts Temporarily Hidden

Power is out at the new hosting company where Ace lives - and may be out for a day or two.  After power went out, they switched to generator backup.

Then one of the backup generators caught fire.

It was promptly put out, but power has been cut to the entire building and won't be restored until there's been a safety inspection.

I had a whole bunch of his content already in this server and activated his site over here, but that slowed the server to a crawl, and I had to hide older posts while I sorted that out.

All the content is safe and will be progressively re-enabled.  Should all be back tomorrow.

Update: We also have four servers at the same datacenter at my day job.  It's the big data crunching cluster I mentioned before, including the massive 128-core Epyc server.

That server - with complete backups of all the critical data - is now back online.  So is the one that caused me so much trouble that my boss authorised a 128-core replacement without a second thought.

I was half expecting none of the servers to survive except the broken one.  At least I'm spared that nightmare.

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Monday, March 08

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Maintainenances

Was trying to purge the sessions table (which was getting rather large) and the database got unhappy and the site (or rather, sites, since there's somehow over 100,000 of them) slowed to a crawl.

Instead I copied the entries I wanted to keep into a new table and swapped tables.

Happier now.

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Sunday, January 10

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Parler Embed Test






Ah, got it. It works just fine, but glitches slightly if you embed the same post twice in the page. That's not really a problem; I'll let them know and they can fix that when they have slightly fewer things to deal with.

Update: Implemented for testing here.

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Saturday, January 09

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Video Spam Test Post

If this works properly, this post won't break your browser.

Update: But your browser might break it.

Compatibility Test Results

Desktop
  • Chrome ✔
  • Firefox ✔
  • Edge ✔
  • Vivaldi ✔
  • Brave ✔
  • Pale Moon ❌
  • Opera - not tested because I uninstalled it a year ago
  • Safari ✔
  • Waterfox 3G ✔
  • Waterfox Classic ❌

Waterfox Classic's DOM support is out of date - deliberately, so as not to break plugins - and Pale Moon's JavaScript support is way out of date.

I'll need to detect them via the user agent string and revert to direct (slow) embedding.


 
Huh. It works.

Once more, with feeling playlists.


That was... Surprisingly painless.

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Sunday, January 12

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Feeding The Dog

Oops.  Comments should be fixed now.

The bug only affected this site, which was exactly the point of splitting it off to its own environment.

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