Are we still getting hit by DoS attacks? February 17, 2006 8:55 AM   Subscribe

Is Metafilter still getting hammered a la this thread? I notice that just about every day this week, I have been unable to reach mefi at all in the morning time (GMT, say 8am till roughly 11 or noon). I thought it might just be my net connection at work, but my home connection has the same issues whenever it appears to be down.

Are we just undergoing backups or some-such thing at this time? Or does Ireland just disconnect from MeFi every morning for some reason? :)
posted by antifuse to Bugs at 8:55 AM (10 comments total)

I've been noticing the same phenomenon, here on the East Coast of the US. MeFi just doesn't seem to exist between 7 AM and 10 AM, or thereabouts. Maybe it needs its coffee?
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:03 AM on February 17, 2006

I've been waking up to find the site down the last two days and I've restarted it in the 7-9 am EST range. Matt's been on the road, so hopefully he'll have some more insignht when he gets back.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:21 AM on February 17, 2006

There has been some weirdness between 1am and 5am Pacific the last few days. For some reason the site dies late in the night and for some other reason it comes back to life on its own 3 or 4 hours later.

I've been going through error logs and fixing things that might trip up the server but I haven't found what keeps killing the server at 1am every night. I suspect I'll figure it out in the next couple days as I continue tinkering with the code.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:44 AM on February 17, 2006

Wow, jessamyn, I never knew you had such power. So what's your cut of the $5?
posted by grateful at 11:04 AM on February 17, 2006

It is the wrath of Rothko !
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:16 AM on February 17, 2006

It's the night watchman at the data center plugging in his fleshlight.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 11:35 AM on February 17, 2006

Gee, Matt. Maybe this is your problem:

mefiserver> crontab -l
* 1 * * * /usr/local/bin/kill_mefi
* 5 * * * /usr/local/bin/resurrect_mefi

posted by twiggy at 12:08 PM on February 17, 2006

Actually, in Oregon, we can have the crontab call another script to help kill the server.
posted by cortex at 12:38 PM on February 17, 2006

cortex, that is so gold!
posted by shoepal at 1:24 PM on February 17, 2006

i just heard on the radio that they're taking psuedo-ephedrine out of crontabs so people don't make meth with them
posted by pyramid termite at 11:48 AM on February 18, 2006

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